Sunday 11 December 2016

Sherwood's currency soars after comic turn

Published 16/05/2015 | 02:30

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham (Nick Potts/PA Wire)
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham (Nick Potts/PA Wire)

It is a little hard to reconcile the Tim Sherwood of Aston Villa to the Tottenham version, quite comically, returning that risible military salute to Emanuel Adebayor after a rare goal from the African striker.

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Few seemed to consider Sherwood an entirely serious manager as he departed White Hart Lane despite statistics that were decent. Yet his work with a Villa team that played as if in leg-chains under Paul Lambert is surely leading to a lot of revisionism among club owners now.

We may not be entirely comfortable on this side of the Irish Sea with what we imagine has been his message to Jack Grealish in recent days, but it is Sherwood who has released Grealish's potential onto the big stage. As Roy Keane might say, credit to him.

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