Next manager; some laughable suggestions and my total guess.

This one is mostly for fun, as guessing the next manager is nearly always wrong, but there is some logic in my final answer, so bear with me.

Let’s look at some of those suggested;

Moyes? Ha, no chance. Why on earth would he leave Sociedad when he’s doing not brilliant, but ok?
I can’t say I’ve kept an eye on things there, but am guessing he’s in the middle of a plan, where there’s no way he’d take on a poisoned chalice like the Villa, in my opinion.

Benitez? Interesting, but he’d want a boat load of money, which he has been prone to waste. Even if Fox suggested him, I’d guess Lerner would put the block on him.
Wasn’t he supposedly the manager who laughed at Lerner when he heard what the spending budget was last time? Whatever, no chance again.

Martin O’Neil? After he won an out of court unfair dismissal settlement against Lerner? Just laughable.
Alex McLeish? Stop, my sides are aching!

Back to more reasonable suggestions and we have the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann.
He’s another interesting shout, but again, why would he come?

Southgate? I don’t rate him at all, so I definitely hope not, although I’m sure Lerner would at least entertain an ex player. No, perish the thought.

Laudrup? Young and up and coming, but what has he done in any decent league? Nothing, I’d suggest.

Allardyce? Hmm, Smethwick born and I have a sneaky feeling he might even be a Villa fan at heart, but again, why would he want to move from West Ham to Villa?
That said, he hasn’t got a new contract yet has he???
Decent manager, but his footy is generally poor, hence he wouldn’t be my choice.

Hoddle? Excellent coach, but tainted, so I don’t see it.

I’ve no doubt missed some other choices, but quite frankly it’s a lottery trying to guess.
Lerner will want cheap and we have even less idea what Fox thinks.

The question is what does the club need at the moment?

While a top manager, who can make us win most of our remaining games and keep us midtable next season, while having some masterplan to build us into a European powerhouse is always the aim, the reality is we need someone who can get us out of the dire straights we are in now.
Someone who can have an immediate effect via a boot up the proverbial on a side, even if it’s only short term.

I know it’s not going to be a popular choice, but mine is to pay Tim Sherwood a right good wedge of money purely to keep us up this season. A short term contract, that he can’t refuse, in other words.

I know it seems he has far too many demands, but desperate times need desperate measures.
And for me, there’s no doubt he can fire players up to perform, which is what we need right now.

We can call for any manager you like and indeed they might prove better over the longer term, but our immediate priority is simply to survive this season. Hence I’m suggesting he’s the man.

Unless you can think of someone else who could hit the ground running, faster?

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  1. JB
    JB February 14, 2015 at 2:38 pm . Reply

    zero experience makes it a shocking appt

  2. JB
    JB February 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm . Reply

    so we had no plan in place – a number of clubs overlooked him recently with good reason

    1. VTID
      VTID February 14, 2015 at 2:42 pm . Reply

      JB he has turned 2 clubs down, not the other way round, QPR wanted him but it wasn’t good enough for him.

      1. JB
        JB February 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm . Reply

        do you really think someone wit 3 months managing experience by chance would turn down 2 prem jobs – how he even gets considered for these jobs baffles me

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath February 14, 2015 at 2:58 pm . Reply

          Bad news he’s been appointed. Queue all the happy clappers! Let’s get behind him, give him time , let’s give him a chance yawn. Awful appointment but expected. At least we can play blues next season looking fwd to putting one over them

          1. GIDDYVILLAN
            GIDDYVILLAN February 14, 2015 at 3:03 pm . Reply

            Were you the one who wrote to mouriniho asking him to be our new manager & bring Diego Costa with him.

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath February 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm . Reply

              Lol that’s quite funny for u giddy

          2. 88
            88 February 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm . Reply

            Give him a chance…? No far better to put the boot in before he even starts. And to criticise someone you really know little about. Oh and while you are at it why not make up a pathetic infantile insult for his name. How depressingly predictable and negative.

          3. Colonius
            Colonius February 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm . Reply

            The usual reply bait response I expected from you ooh ahh

          4. GIDDYVILLAN
            GIDDYVILLAN February 14, 2015 at 5:15 pm . Reply

            Ooha didn’t you get a reply?????

  3. VTID
    VTID February 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm . Reply

    Only time will tell

  4. pat57
    pat57 February 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm . Reply


    I wasn’t sure about him to be honest but now he’s manager I think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.


    GIDDYVILLAN February 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm . Reply

    Tim Sherwoods claret & blue army welcome to the pleasure dome.

  6. Dave67
    Dave67 February 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm . Reply

    Why are people putting Sherwood down before a ball is being kicked Who do use think was going to come.

    1. JB
      JB February 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm . Reply

      anyone thats managed not someone with 3 months managing experience

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath February 14, 2015 at 3:28 pm . Reply

        Deadwood out

      2. Andrew
        Andrew February 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm . Reply

        He was appointed in December… December to May is a little more than 3 months. 😉

    2. Reggie
      Reggie February 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm . Reply

      Because that’s what most of people on here do!!! We could have appointed the manager with the most experience, most trophies won etc etc… and they would still be negative

    3. Andrew
      Andrew February 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm . Reply

      Because people like making up their own theories on why he was good at Spurs instead of looking up the facts. People on here like making things up to suit their delusions.

  7. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 February 14, 2015 at 2:47 pm . Reply

    Vote not conclusive, I note. Slight majority in the yes camp. Got yo get behind him and give him a chance. Welcome Tim Sherwood UTV

  8. nath
    nath February 14, 2015 at 2:59 pm . Reply

    well it seems like sherwoods the manager now. so fans should give him and the team a new slate and get behind him and players, hopefully keeping us up will, earn him time and respect. up the villa 🙂 needs a good coach asp good luck

    The king is dead, long live the king!

  9. pat57
    pat57 February 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm . Reply

    In one of the comments on the BBC Sports Live someone says that Lambert should have been sacked earlier and Villa could then have had Pulis.

    On the whole I think I prefer Sherwood. It’s a bit of a gamble but if it works he could be manager for years whereas Pulis has always been something of a journeyman manager.

    What do you think?

    GIDDYVILLAN February 14, 2015 at 3:10 pm . Reply

    Guaranteed Ooha & some will say pullis,just to go against the grain.I’m happy we’ve appointed him get behind him ffs

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath February 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm . Reply

      No I’m not following the rest of the sheep and getting behind another cheap failure. Dim Deadwood is a disaster waiting to happen mark my words we will be in the same position this time next year.

      1. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 February 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm . Reply

        You are a happy soul Oohah

      2. Andrew
        Andrew February 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm . Reply

        People still try to use sheep as an insult? Wowee.

    2. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 February 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm . Reply

      Pullis is a proven EPL manager, relatively successful on a small budget; before Christmas I was advocating a move for him but he’s at the Baggies so what’s the point of debating ‘what if’s’. There was probably only one viable candidate free to join quickly and that’s who we’ve got; we couldn’t afford to hold the managers seat vacant for any period of time. Villa have made a quick and decisive move – when did they last do that?

      We have to get behind the new manager and give him a fair chance. A lot of posters on here wanted to see some of the younger players get a crack and I think Sherwood will do that. Perhaps some of the ‘senior’ players will now get their thumbs out of their bums and their minds out of neutral!

      1. DSVilla
        DSVilla February 14, 2015 at 3:45 pm . Reply

        Agree will all that Hitchens. I don’t think we had much choice given the circumstances. Sherwood wasn’t my choice but I hope it works out. He may well keep us up so that would be a start.

        1. saddened
          saddened February 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm . Reply

          totally agree H60, we’ve done something without the club looking amateur…. And he is not a cheap option at all….. So lets all be happy for once !

  11. Dave67
    Dave67 February 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm . Reply

    Welcome to Aston Villa F C Tim. Come on the Villa.

  12. cb
    cb February 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm . Reply

    I really don’t get it we are in such a mess and go for such an inexperienced manager i cant think of anything that makes him a good choice. But i suppose we must support him although it does seem somewhat hypocritical as mcleish had a good cv and we didn’t support him at all.

  13. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson February 14, 2015 at 3:38 pm . Reply

    Oohah I can now understand why Badger gets ratty with you, you don’t give up do you? Give it a chance ffs get behind the club for once, and stop living in the past, I’ve got 4 seats that I’ve hardly used this year if anyone needs to go ape shit its me, then again you don’t go do you.

    1. villa1996
      villa1996 February 14, 2015 at 3:46 pm . Reply

      Some off the fans on here make me laugh and have short memory’s remember when we had the french man he had experience and won trophies and you all stated him so there’s no winning in Most fans eyes if we stated scoring goals and wininng watch you lot change your tune fickle

  14. marvin
    marvin February 14, 2015 at 3:46 pm . Reply

    I will support the team, but this is an awful appointment. I can’t even imagine what the players are thinking. It is just short sided and careless. Sure, Sherwood will get the needed response out of the players this season but his sort of ego will poison the well and ruin us from the inside going forward. I seriously hope Fox is on the verge of signing a DOF to control the damage.

  15. Andrew
    Andrew February 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm . Reply

    This article is from last year but it’s quite interesting and seems we’re in for a huge change in our midfield.

  16. pat57
    pat57 February 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm . Reply

    I think who gets appointed Assistant Manager or DOF or whatever could be crucial too.

    With regard to what Tim did or didn’t do at Spurs we can only hope he’s learnt something since then. He’s certainly had enough time to think about it.

    So please ffs let’s not get negative until we have something definite to be negative about. Let’s give Tim and the lads all our support and hope for some exciting times.

    Staying up and a good cup run would do me 🙂

    1. GarethVilla
      GarethVilla February 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm . Reply

      Tim Sherwood had a 59% win rate which is the best of any Spurs manager in the Premier League.
      Paul Lambert 29%, so for those who are still saying we would be better off keeping Lambert then please take note.
      I think he will be like a breath of fresh air – calling games how he and more importanly us see games. If he thinks we were crap he’ll say so and we will be able to understand him when he speaks.
      As many will know on here, I have spent the last 2 and a bit years calling Lambert so I say give the guy a chance, thats all we can do.
      We MUST stay up.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath February 14, 2015 at 4:35 pm . Reply

        That was with a better team due to new manager syndrome. He wasn’t getting results towards the end hence why he was sacked and qpr preferred his assistant

        1. GarethVilla
          GarethVilla February 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm . Reply

          Thats rubbish OohAh.
          We have been in total agreement during Lambert’s time but I have to disagree with you on this one.
          I suppose its never crossed your mind that after talks with QPR Sherwood decided not to pursue it any further. By all accounts, he is a manager that plans long-term and with QPR having that fair play thing hanging over their heads how could he.
          As for his sacking as Spurs, well the stats don’t lie.
          He wouldn’t have taken the Villa job without any assurances.
          Keep us up and then look at weaknesses and the weaknesses of the squad.

        2. Andrew
          Andrew February 14, 2015 at 5:16 pm . Reply

          “Wasn’t getting results towards the end”

          How far are we going back?

          3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss in his last 5? 4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss in his last 6? 5 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses in his last 8? Right, he wasn’t getting results, another false statement. You really need to look up facts before commenting. He lost to West Ham, Liverpool (although Pool’s been crushing Spurs for a while), Arsenal, Chelsea, Norwich and City. 6 games in the Premier League he lost. 6. He won 13. Just as many at the start as at the end. And 3 draws. 13 wins in 22. If he has any kind of affect like that at Villa, we’ll be safe with ease.

          1. Bum Bum
            Bum Bum February 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm . Reply

            Well said that man. Very succinct.

  17. fastjet81
    fastjet81 February 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm . Reply

    Sensible appointment and we’ve acted quickly which is a breath of fresh air. Seems to have been one of the favourites courted from the start, so it looks from the outside we’ve got our man.

    Got to be beneficial for the younger players in the team/on the fringes. Turned around the Villas-Boas Spurs team in a short space of time so in my eyes he fits the criteria.

    I like his honesty in interviews and if you call a spade a spade you’ll get more respect. As fans we’ve been mislead on many occasions so hopefully he’ll bring some much needed transparency to Villa Park.

    Hopefully we’ll see some more attractive football and the goals to keep us up.

    Welcome and good luck Tim. UTV.

  18. saddened
    saddened February 14, 2015 at 5:01 pm . Reply

    Bloody hell, a quick, decisive decision from a CEO that has earned millions from knowing football inside out… stupid dilly dallying in Randys jet…. I mover the moon, good luck Mr Sherwood

  19. richard1018
    richard1018 February 14, 2015 at 5:09 pm . Reply

    I’m happy with the appointment of Sherwood.

    He is young, fresh and dynamic. He isn’t dour and depressive like Lamberk. And my god, thank f*** no more managers from Scotland or Ireland.

    Appointing any manager, to me, is pot luck. Look at Van Gaal at United – he is hardly setting them alight even after spending £200m on players.

    Lets give Sherwood a chance. I’m making an appearance at Villa Park tomorrow, first time since January 2014. Let’s get behind him, get behind the team.

    If we can get through this season with our status in tact, then I think lerner WILL loosen the purse strings next season and we will see some investment in the playing staff. I don’t think Sherwood would have come unless he had certain assurances for budgets etc next season.


  20. KentNielsen77
    KentNielsen77 February 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm . Reply

    Good luck Tom Sherwood – we need you to be lucky.

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