Villa on Garde over Sherwood's successor
Aston Villa's bid to appoint Remi Garde is under threat after running into problems over the Frenchman's proposed backroom staff.
Villa could consider other targets on their shortlist, including David Moyes, Nigel Pearson and Gus Poyet, amid difficulty in their plans to name Garde, the preferred candidate, as the club's new manager.
Garde (49) held further talks with Villa yesterday and is understood to have agreed personal terms but has encountered frustration in trying to recruit his former assistants Gerald Baticle and Bruno Genesio from Lyon.
Lyon have refused Villa permission to speak to both coaches, while Robert Duverne, who also worked with Garde at the French club, is struggling to agree his exit from Metz. Garde views the trio as priority appointments and is reluctant to take over at the Premier League's bottom club without his trusted coaching team.
Villa are hoping to resolve the issue today but the unexpected development has forced them to consider other targets.
Moyes, the Real Sociedad manager, is high on Villa's list. He has been admired by Villa chairman Randy Lerner for some time and will come back into contention. Poyet and Pearson are other potential targets while there is also believed to be support for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who is impressing in League One with Burton Albion.
Kevin MacDonald will take the team for the League Cup tie at Southampton tomorrow night and could even be in the technical area on Monday for the Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Tim Sherwood broke his silence for the first time since his dismissal in a statement issued by the League Managers Association, pointedly refusing to acknowledge the Villa hierarchy. He was dismissed on Sunday after eight months in charge, with around £2m in compensation.
"I am very disappointed that I will not be able to carry on in my role as manager of Aston Villa," he said.
"I knew when I took on the role that it would be a big challenge, but it proved to be one I greatly enjoyed and I know I have learnt a lot from this experience.
"Obviously the initial priority was to stay in the Premier League, but beating Liverpool in the FA Cup semi at Wembley and then leading the team out for the final was an achievement and experience that I will treasure for the rest of my career."
Villa are bracing themselves for a charge from the Football Association today following the post-match scuffle in the tunnel after the 2-1 defeat against Swansea City.
Micah Richards confronted Swansea defender Federico Fernandez after the final whistle and the pair are understood to have clashed in the tunnel, sparking a melee. (© Daily Telegraph, London)