There was no happy ending to Tim Sherwood’s first year with Aston Villa as the club was humiliated in the FA Cup Final.
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Following his club’s 4-0 loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood pledged to make changes to the roster that will include releasing under-performing players.
“There will be some changes,” Sherwood said, according to Sky Sports. “There will be as many as we can possibly do. We obviously know we need to improve and I think I can improve the group that are already here as well…I need to start improving a few more and find different ways to play, which suits some of the boys who haven’t played today.”
After playing bend-but-don’t-break football for the first 35 minutes of the FA Cup Final, a stunning goal by Theo Walcott at the 40′ mark opened the floodgates in the second half as Aston Villa gave up 4 goals in the loss. Their 4-0 loss in the FA Cup was the worst margin of loss by a team in the Cup in over 20 years.
Sherwood added that several unspecified players were told after the loss that they won’t be back in Villa Park in 2015, in part to avoid stringing them along.
“…Some of the boys have already been told they won’t be here next year or they can go and find other clubs. I like to be that honest with them. I don’t want to let experienced players be strung along because I don’t think it’s right. We will be bringing in additions.”
Though it’s unclear who exactly Sherwood plans to put on the chopping block, it’s likely that nobody on the roster is safe after starting Forwards Christian Benteke, Charles N’Zogbia and Jack Grealish failed to record a single shot on goal in addition to the five yellow cards acquired by the Midfielders and Defenders.
Sherwood was appointed the new manager of Aston Villa on February 14, 2015 and injected life into a club that was in serious danger of being relegated after over half a season under Paul Lambert. In 16 games with Aston Villa he led the team to seven wins and a tie – which narrowly saved the club from relegation.