Tim Sherwood hits back at Roy Keane criticism
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has hit back at Roy Keane after the Irishman accused him of angling for the Villa job while Paul Lambert was still in charge.
Keane reveals in an updated version of his autobiography that Sherwood was keen to take over the reins at the Birmingham club long before Lambert was sacked.
He wrote: "I went to watch Villa against Bournemouth in the FA Cup a few weeks before Paul was sacked and Tim Sherwood was sitting behind me. I just thought, ‘All right….
"Some men go to matches if they think there’s a job there for them. I believe Tim had been at two or three games.
"It’s not a criticism of Tim. It’s part of the game, it’s the industry we’re in.
"I’d go the other way myself. If I thought the manager was under pressure and I was somehow being linked to the job, I’d avoid the place."
But Sherwood has refuted Keane's claims.
"I went to a lot of football matches, probably 20-30 while I was out of work. That’s what I do. If that’s a formula to get yourself a job, next time I’m out of work I’ll position myself at the Nou Camp or the Bernabeu," laughed Sherwood.
"I didn’t think that, no (that it was disrespectful to attend Villa matches at the time). Aston Villa was probably the only club I wasn’t linked with. I went everywhere else."
Keane also had harsh words for Villa striker Christian Benteke, accusing him of not even being able to score in training.
"He wasn’t one for scoring many goals in training. With all the top strikers I’d worked with, the top ones always loved scoring in training."
But he has bounced back in style under Sherwood with 11 goals in 11 games.
"I don’t want to comment on the previous regime," Sherwood said. "All I can say is how I’ve found Christian since I’ve come in. He’s very good. He does score in training and more importantly he does score when we put him on the pitch when it matters. I’m pleased for him."
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