No doubt we’ve seen the story where Tim Sherwood’s job is on the line and he has two games where he has to win one of them.
It seems a very plausible story, given our very poor start, but I’m not convinced I agree with it when it comes to the secondary part which discusses who will replace him.
For me, the problem is would these managers actually want to come to the Villa?
I’d like to see Rodgers, as he tries to play the game the right way, but is he proven during a relegation struggle?
Moyes is a good shout and I’ve long felt he’s destined for the Villa, but I just get the feeling that even if he wants to come back, his thinking will be that there will be better propositions sometime in the season.
And surely these sorts of managers will want big assurances and big money to spend?
Can we really see that happening under Lerner?
I personally doubt it, as the whole club seems to be playing these “moneyball” tactics, when you consider what our net spend has been this season so far.
It’s a pretty basic fact that if you spend nothing you’re going to struggle and it’s the under-investment that’s gone on far too long that is causing our problems, in my opinion.
Let’s not forget we were pretty happy with our signings, but they needed to be able to have been dripped in amongst more proven (read expensive) players, which is where Sherwood does have a point.
That said, I’m happy to concede that Sherwood has made some costly errors with his tactics and substitutions; but I still wonder what any new manager would do to change our direction and instil a new winning mentality, something that Sherwood seems to have lost already.
Putting it simply, the story is probably not far off the mark, in my opinion.
But I don’t expect a decent, proven Prem manager to come in.
Rodgers for one is against a football committee, which seems to be the way we’re operating now, isn’t he?
As is Moyes, I believe.
No, I’d be keeping an eye more on foreign coaches, who will look at the Prem riches by European standards as a way of bringing players in.
And it’ll be the same old way of thinking, in that most of them won’t be ready for the way we play footy.
Face it, Lerner, you need to spend and spend big time, if you want to get us out of this one, as relying on stats is a joke.
After all, I’ve just seen the headline where Villa and Newcastle defenders are top of the stat tables in one area.
And we all know where both clubs are currently at.
Perhaps more importantly though, is, if the stories that Sherwood didn’t approve of the moneyball approach were leaked by him (which seems very likely, when you read about how he apparently undermined Villas-Boas by leaking to the press), I suspect it’s this alone that will lead to his demise more than anything else.
You might be able to stab a manager in the back, but it won’t work against the owner and his Chief executive.
Although it does at least raise the issue and perhaps Sherwood already knows his days are numbered?
I mean, would anyone want to highlight the problem, if he thought his job was safe?