The case for why Sherwood shouldn’t be sacked yet

Ok, most of you hopefully know my way of thinking.
While I try to be positive and enthusiastic on the whole, I also like to think that I can be very quick to condemn/complain about the club or the team.

But when it comes to managers, I believe they should be afforded a reasonable amount of time before we write them off.

Oohah has given reasons as to why Tim Sherwood should be sacked and they’re understandable.
Our record since the FA cup semi final has been shocking.
The situation isn’t helped by the fact that we’ve had our worst top flight start since Billy McNeil, where we were relegated.
But I still have a feeling that getting another manager won’t solve anything.

So no, he shouldn’t be sacked yet, simple as.
Because it’s far to knee-jerk a reaction, in my opinion.

The consensus is that we have decent players (or at least better than we’ve had for a while), players where we can see that there’s something in them;

Traore scares the proverbial out of me, let alone Premier league defenders. Ok, he looks a bit injury prone at the minute, but he’s been kicked to bits by Notts County and probably hasn’t got past that knock yet.
Amavi is decent going forward and if he messes up defensively, he has the pace to recover, albeit he’s prone to mistakes. Whatever you think, he’s at least done ok.
Gana looks very decent.
Ayew changed the game against the Blues and showed he has the makings, as performing in a Derby is about as tough as it gets.
Gestede, while I’m not convinced by him, there’s no denying that if you put the ball on his head from the right angle, he has every chance of putting it in the net.
Crespo actually looked better than £500,000 worth, his one mistake apart.
Richards is a great signing and there have been calls on here for him to get an England recall.

I’ve probably missed some, but I’m sure you get the point, in that Sherwood has signed decent players.
And if he’s signed them, I’d like to think he knows exactly how he want us to play.

Of course, it’s not just a matter of signing the right players.
You need to make them work together and that’s the tricky part. A part that takes at least some time.

Which is where I’d remind some of our older fans about a certain manager, who signed what seemed a very poor bunch of players.
Until they fitted together, where the club went onto great things.

Of course, I could be talking rubbish and Sherwood will never make it work.
But who might come in?
I’ve seen Sam Allardyce touted, but come on, is that really what we want?
A 100% pragmatist, who will never take a club anywhere higher than mid table on average, because he’ll play for the draw, just to avoid defeat?
While I can see the attraction at the moment, he isn’t the future.

Some new up and coming foreign manager must be the solution then, but I really can’t think of one and don’t believe Aston Villa will do it either. Venglos still rings in my head.

Forget all the top managers, as we won’t pay the money and Lerner definitely won’t give the budget required.
I doubt even Moyes would want to come to us and he’s possibly the best domestic shout.

Brendan Rogers?
That’s an interesting thought, that Tom Fox might entertain, but no doubt that would be a while away from now.

So who would come in, is the question?
I don’t believe we’re even looking at the answer yet.
Is that short sighted?
I don’t think so. Not after a few weeks with Sherwood having his own team, where we need to disregard all that went on last season.
It’s just not how the hierarchy of a senior premier league club works.

Hence Sherwood will be staying until at least Christmas, in my opinion.

So, summing up, I don’t believe he’s been given enough time and I don’t believe there’s a good enough alternative out there.

No doubt some of you might think differently, which is fair enough.


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  1. Morgan Villa
    Morgan Villa October 5, 2015 at 8:43 pm . Reply

    I am now not convinced by Tim at all but if he is staying he needs to sort out his coaching staff, I mean what are they doing with the players

  2. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion October 5, 2015 at 10:34 pm . Reply

    Putting to one side the individual errors of the players – which have been massive contributors to the losses, I can still see faults in Sherwood I wish he would correct now.

    1/ Smarten his appearance. I don’t mind whether he wants to look like Sparky, always immaculately and formally dressed and not a hair out of place, or like Pulis in his track-suit, they both appear clean shaven and well groomed on camera. He looks as scruffy as Mourinho, and is achieving similar results.

    2/ Cure the lop-sided left bias of Villa going forward. We need a decent threat on the right wing. 2nd half against Blues we got it, not since. Hazard against Hutton is scary enough without the full back overlapping and nobody tracking him.

    3/ Think in pairs. The CHs have to practice working as a pair. Sinclair needs to work with Gabby using their speed he is wasted otherwise. Gestede with Ayew (or Kozak). Westwood is lost without Delph, Grealish isn’t going to take the pressure off him, so drop Westwood.

  3. Villain1
    Villain1 October 6, 2015 at 7:25 am . Reply

    Disagree completely on the comments about Allardyce. He is exactly what we need at this moment (but not long term) We can only dream about mid table atm. Its simple, appoint Alladryce, he will save us this season, solidify us in mid table next season and then like West Ham we can bring in a more progressive and attacking manager in the future.

    I fear Sunderland will beat us to him though because I don’t believe Tom Fox has the balls to admit his mistake (Faulkner Mark 2 for me).
    if they do I’l completely back them to stay up, similar to Pulis when he took over West Brom and Palace, you just knew they wouldn’t go down with him.
    If we stick with Sherwood I believe we will finish bottom and struggle to reach 30 points, never mind 40

    1. adam2231
      adam2231 October 6, 2015 at 10:44 am . Reply

      That’s exactly why I’d take a Hughes, Pulis or Alladryce right now. We need stability for at least two years now. We can’t go from relegation to top 6 in a year we need to build a solid team in order to do that. Which is were those experienced managers come in.

      Rodgers would also be a good candidate, but we’d have to wait till Christmas before bringing him in.

    GIDDYVILLAN October 6, 2015 at 8:15 am . Reply

    What’s happened to ilori???how long does it take to get match fit???? Or is he another one injured???

    1. adam2231
      adam2231 October 6, 2015 at 10:42 am . Reply

      That’s a good point actually, he seems like a good defender but there hasn’t been any word of him.

      There were problems with match fitness but it’s been more than a month now.

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