Sunday 25 February 2018

Showman Sherwood needs to cut out the drama

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood

Joe Molloy

So Tim Sherwood has been widely hailed for his half-time intervention at Villa Park at the weekend. We love these neat narratives - the inspirational words that turn a team's fortunes around.

I don't doubt his encouragement and call for positivity helped. Villa clearly threw more men forward in the second half, a tactic which Paul Lambert might note tends to increase the chances of a goal being scored.

But for Sherwood, it's going to take a bit more craft this time around. I hope he's aware of that. Hitting a dramatic tone was never Tim's problem during his short tenure at White Hart Lane.

If he wasn't flinging his rather glorious gilet to the ground, he was lambasting his players in public. After one defeat to Chelsea he told them: "You need to show more guts and not want to be someone's mate all the time."

He wasn't wrong, of course, but they never seemed to appreciate him telling the world. Sherwood teetered on a bit of a knife-edge at Spurs.

He was a man too affected by the daily stresses of the job and one hopes he has realised that an essential part of management is to do it without the drama.

Irish Independent

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