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Tactics Tim walks Villa tightrope after criticising the club’s summer transfer business

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood could see his position at the club under threat after he angered chairman Randy Lerner by criticising the handling of their business in the summer transfer market, according to The Sun.

The American businessman was reportedly left stunned by Sherwood’s behaviour in the press recently after giving him the green light to undertake a stunning £54.5m spending spree that saw the Villans bring in 13 new players.

The Sun states that that number vastly dwarfs the £18m former boss Paul Lambert was given three years ago when he was tasked with performing a drastic facelift of the claret and blue playing staff.

However, with Villa sitting third from bottom with just four points from eight games, Sherwood made no secret of his hostility toward the club’s new regime, which includes ex-Arsenal commercial director Hendrik Almstadt, who was appointed as Villa’s sporting director in July.

A source close to the club said: “There’s been plenty of talk — but now it’s time for Tim to walk the walk.

“Randy Lerner won’t see the Benteke windfall for a while because it is being paid in instalments.

“He feels he has been extremely supportive and can’t understand why results haven’t been better given the investment he’s made.

“These are not lower-league players — these are £10m signings in some cases.”

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