So Tim Sherwood has been widely hailed for his half-time intervention at Villa Park at the weekend. And don’t we just love these neat narratives — the inspirational words that turn a struggling team’s fortunes around.
I don’t doubt his encouragement and call for positivity helped during the FA Cup fifth round tie.
Villa clearly threw more men forward in the second half against Leicester— a tactic which the now ex-Villa boss 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 various Tottenham Hotspur 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