The dialogue between Tim Sherwood and Paulinho hasn’t quite escalated into a ‘war of words’ but the two men continue to react to each other’s comments. Earlier in the week, the Brazilian said he was unhappy at being excluded from the first team while Sherwood responded by suggesting he should show more fight and desire in training.
“I pick players on what they are doing in training, not on reputations and price tags,” Sherwood said.
“He knows if he trains well and plays well, he stays in the side. He’s come here from another country and the language has been a problem for him,” he added.
Paulinho has responded further and while he is defending those accusations, it may just be wiser to simply shut up and get on with it.
“I almost retired in 2008 after I came back from Eastern Europe,” Paulinho said. “I was not happy with the way my career was going. I almost thought of giving up.
“My wife told me not to give up on football. It was a very honest conversation. She said it would show a lack of respect for my family to give up now, after they had supported me so much.”
Despite all of these quotes, the only way Paulinho is going to impress the current coach is by improving on the pitch but will the Brazilian even get the chance after his latest comments?