Sherwood Finds Inpiration From Former Newcastle Manager

Tim Sherwood is fighting for his survival at Aston Villa, after he only took them over in mid-February and signed a contract with the club until the summer 2018 – so he still has just less than three years to run.

But Aston Villa are now second bottom and below Newcastle in the league table after we beat Norwich City yesterday and Villa went down 2-0 at Chelsea and they have only 4 points from the first 9 league games.

That’s almost as surprising as Newcastle having only 6 points from 9 games – we thought Tim would do well this season.

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Tim Sherwood – Aston Villa manager

Tim is supposed to be in trouble if they lose their next game at home to Swansea on Saturday, with former Everton and Manchester United boss Davide Moyes waiting in the wings – but Moyes is still at Real Sociedad.

Sociedad are not doing too well and they lost 2-0 at home to Atletico Madrid over the weekend and are in 16th place in the Spanish League with just 6 points from 8 games and are above the relegation zone only because of goal difference – above Malaga and Levante.

Here’s what Tim Sherwood has said today:

“If the players want inspiration then they can look at me, I don’t want them running into the corner and crying, because it should be me doing that and I’m not going to.”

“I realise I’m a football manager who needs to win football matches, what we have to remember is me and them supporters are on the same side.” 

“I can take a lot of inspiration from people like Alan Pardew, who was screamed out-of-town in Newcastle and look at him now.” “I can only control what I can do and I remain confident in that.”

“I want to go out on the front foot and, if I die, I die on my sword.” “Why do we need to be more pragmatic? I would never be pragmatic. I’ve done it a few times but I don’t like myself for it.”

There were big protests by a group of fans at Newcastle when we had only 4 points from our first seven games last season, but then we went on a six game winning streak and after that we were 5th top of the league after 12 games.

But Alan had had enough of all the demonstrating against him and he left when he got the opportunity at Crystal Palace where he was already a hero because of his escapades in scoring the winning goal against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final in 1990.

John Carver took over at Newcastle in January and he was simply hopeless and we were almost relegated on the last day of the season but survived with a 2-0 win against West Ham.

Be careful for what you wish for.

Although Palace were beaten 3-1 at home to West Ham on Saturday when they had Dwight Gayle sent off in the first half – they are still 6th top of the league – so Pardew has done very well since he left Newcastle.

And Pardew remains the only Newcastle manager who has ever won the Premier League Manager of the Season and the LMA Manager of the Season which he won back in May, 2012 in his first full season in charge when we finished 5th top and only just missed out on a Champions League place.

It will be a surprise if Tim gets fired, but he has to start winning – just like Steve McClaren did yesterday.

What do you think?

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