Much as we all like to criticise Tim Sherwood whenever he drops a couple of points or goes behind early on, it must be particularly annoying to start each press conference with a question over the next manager. It happened again after the Stoke win and this time, our current Head Coach was uncompromising in his answer.
“Every press conference I do it’s ‘this manager’s coming in … Van Gaal … then Hoddle, this one and that one’,” Sherwood said.
“Some of these managers are actually touting themselves for my job. I don’t think that’s right.
“It’s something that doesn’t sit well with me. If anyone ever asks me about another job I just tell them that they’ve got another manager.
“Until they haven’t got a manager and until I haven’t got a job, say nothing.”
Sherwood went on to state his own case and argued that his task had been carried out under difficult circumstances.
“I’ve done all right, you know, it’s been hard,” he added.
“I’ve had to keep my discipline, I suppose, and my dignity, pride and just get on with the job.
“That’s all I’ve tried to do. It is an honour to manage this football club and long may it continue.
“Last season we had Gareth Bale running up the field and sticking it in the top corner a number of times, 21 goals and nine assists.
“So we’ve had to find a different way to score goals. To get your left-back inside the box and score a header shows the work that has been done.
“We have to be more expansive and open to play that way.”
Despite the issues in the dugout, we are two wins away from equalling last year’s tally of 72 points. Does Tim Sherwood have any chance of staying in his post for 2014/15?