Peter Schmeichel admits he is shocked by the lack of support Remi Garde was given by Aston Villa but insists Tim Sherwood could have kept the club in the Premier League.
Villa parted ways with Garde, who was given no backing to sign players in the January transfer market, on Tuesday night, seemingly doomed to relegation.
But Schmeichel, who spent one season as a player at Villa Park, believes the Midlanders should never have sacked former Tottenham boss Sherwood.
“I’m shocked that you give a manager a job in a very difficult situation, that he hasn’t put the club in, and then you give him that little time to solve it?” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“They should have done their due diligence and got it right back then.
“Tim Sherwood was well capable of getting Aston Villa out of trouble, but they didn’t think that and now they’ve gone down the route of sacking yet another manager and history proves that doesn’t help.
“So, it’s a shock and then again no, because that’s the way football has been going for quite a while.”
Sherwood, who guided Villa to safety last season after being appointed in February, was sacked on October 25 with the club bottom of the league having taken only four points from 10 matches.