BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Aston Villa has fired manager Tim Sherwood after eight months in charge of the Premier League club.

Villa lost 2-1 at home to Swansea on Saturday, a sixth straight defeat in the league, having not won since the opening day of the season in August.

Villa says ''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.''

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Assistant manager Ray Wilkins, first-team coach Mark Robson and performance analyst Seamus Brady have also left.

Kevin MacDonald, who has been coaching the under-21s, was placed in temporary charge.

Villa is 19th out of 20 teams with four points from 10 matches.