Tim Sherwood has today been sacked as manager of Aston Villa.
As reported on Sky Sports News this morning, Sherwood’s contract was terminated on Sunday following Villa’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea in the Premier League after being in charge for just eight months.
Sherwood remained defiant after the defeat – and even joked that he would turn his mobile phone off should a call come through from the board the following day.
An Aston Villa statement said: “Aston Villa Football Club has parted company with manager Tim Sherwood today.
“The Board has monitored the performances closely all season and believes the results on the pitch were simply not good enough and that a change is imperative.
“However, the Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Tim for all his efforts during a difficult period last season and for the many positive contributions he has made to the entire football setup during his time with the Club. We wish him well in the future.
“Assistant manager Ray Wilkins, first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady have also left with immediate effect and do so with our best wishes.
“A search for a new manager has commenced and the squad will be managed in the interim by Kevin MacDonald.”
Sherwood took over in February and managed to keep struggling Villa in the Premier League at the end of the 2014/15 season.
The former Spurs boss also led the side to the FA Cup Final, where they were humbled 4-0 by Arsenal at Wembley.
And his departure from the club has been met with mixed reaction on social media this afternoon.
Here we take a look at some of the top tweets.
No back bone!! Didn't have him down as a quitter ? Sherwood sacked by Villa https://t.co/iYEnpmCAko
— James Dawson (@jamesjdz800) October 25, 2015
Why have they sacked tim sherwood he was doing such a good job
— ¢няιѕ (@_Clarkey__) October 25, 2015
Tim Sherwood is gone. Unlucky chap. Big fan of him. Just kidding. Total wanker. Enjoy unemployment
— Thomas Alec Strong (@Talking_Yiddish) October 25, 2015
Sacking Tim Sherwood would make total sense, if that team was capable of more. It isn't. #sillysacking
— Michael Bumby (@MB77_1988) October 25, 2015
Tim Sherwood out, Jose Mourinho on the way out. Season of sacking Managers starts in earnest #BPL
— Collins BETT, Esq. (@CollinsFabien) October 25, 2015
Tim Sherwood is sacked. Atleast he can now fully concentrate on supporting the Arsenal.
— SQ (@SodiqAbiolaAFC) October 25, 2015
Nobody puts Tim Sherwood in the corner.
— John Coyne (@mrjohncoyne) October 25, 2015
— #christmasaf (@footballfriend8) October 25, 2015
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) October 25, 2015
— Da One To Follow (@DaOneToFollow) October 25, 2015
As Twitter has its say on the breaking news, the rumour mill over who could be the man to replace him is doing over-time.
The early suggestions from the bookmakers would have David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers as early favourites.