Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is under immense pressure heading into this weekend’s clash with Chelsea, with most bookmakers selecting him as the next manager who will lose his job.
However, it wouldn’t be very Sherwood-like to roll over, admit defeat and walk away quietly – would it?
No, instead the Villa manager is adamant that this is just a tough period and that the fans will be singing his name again in four weeks time.
It’s becoming difficult to tell whether Sherwood is confident in his own ability or may be losing his marbles under the strain of keeping the club afloat.
However the former Spurs coach also admitted he is taking inspiration from Crystal Palace gaffer Alan Pardew.
“I think that’s the nature of the game we’re in, I take a lot of inspiration from managers i’ve seen who have worked through difficult periods.
None more so than Alan Pardew, nine months ago they were screaming him out of town at Newcastle and if you ask anyone now who’s the favourite for the England job… it’s be Alan Pardew.
Four weeks ago the crowd were singing my name at Leicester, y’know and they’ll be singing my name in another four weeks.”
Watch the full press conference below:
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Villa are currently sitting in 18th place in the Premier League table with only Sunderland and Newcastle below them.
More worryingly for Sherwood, however, is that the Villains have only won once so far this campaign and the gap between themselves and rivals West Brom is increasing on a weekly basis.