Villa – Swansea; Big, big game and Sherwood needs a win

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Well, the headline says it all really doesn’t it?
This is simply a massive game for Tim Sherwood and we all know the pressure he’s been under of late.
Indeed, it seems he might have heaped some on himself today, in suggesting that’ll he basically resign if he feels the need.
I’ve got a sneaky feeling that decision might even come as soon as tomorrow if we don’t get the win, so important is the game and I’ve no doubt that’ll please more than a few of us.

While I’ve been supportive of Sherwood up to now, mainly because I’m not convinced we’ll get anyone better in, I’m also becoming perhaps a bit more realistic about how grave our current plight is.
The simple fact is if we lose tomorrow our current form will be six played without a single point to our name. That’s frankly shocking and will surely leave Sherwood in an untenable position, where even if he doesn’t jump, the hierarchy may well sack him, even if they’re somewhat reluctant.

The possibly good news is that we don’t have any injuries at all. Of course Sherwood might not be particularly bothered about that if you believe the stories that he didn’t want at least some of them.
So the big question in that area is who is the manager going to play?
Does Gabby walk straight back in?
Will Lescott be dropped for Clark or Okore?

The truth is I don’t particularly care for this one match, as it’s not about the team selection.
It’s not about the tactics either really. I don’t care if he plays half the reserves and goes 1-8-1 either.
It’s simply all about getting the win at any costs and regardless of if Guzan mis-kicks it into their net or something similarly daft.

And I really do want us to win.
Because the club is pretty much on its knees at the moment and I just don’t want it to sink any lower.

The trouble is, I’m not convinced it’s going to happen and I think a point might be about as good as it gets.
Which won’t be good enough to appease certainly the fans or probably Fox and Lerner either.

1-1 then.

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  1. Hitchens 60 October 24, 2015 at 5:20 pm . Reply

    To be honest I no longer know what to think. If Sherwood goes tomorrow or Monday where does that leave us (other than managerless!). I assume we will have Wilkins as temporary manager but where will we look for a replacement? You guys know more than me about European managers and maybe that’s what we need rather than another young British manager such as Nigel Pearson. Answers please on a postage stamp! πŸ™‚

    1. GIDDYVILLAN October 24, 2015 at 5:26 pm . Reply

      Hitch I’ve got a feeling the clubs already got a replacement & I’d think tomorrow Sherwoods history the club so far haven’t shown an ounce of support or even the dreaded vote of confidence for the manager.like anything I could be wrong but this result breaks the camels back imo.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath October 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm . Reply

        Agree but will be another underwhelming appointment

        1. Hitchens 60 October 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm . Reply

          The problem is OohAh – who the hell would want the job? Clearly the upside of getting Villa back to the top of the Prem is massive and must seem attractive but what about the downside? ………

          1. GIDDYVILLAN October 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm .

            It’s easier to replace the manager than the chairman so first things first whoever comes in has to do their magic & pretty sharpish who’s capable FUCK knows if I’m right both moyes & Rodgers are slow starters & pearsons been in this position before.

          2. OohAhPaulMcGrath October 24, 2015 at 6:49 pm .

            No thanks to all 3. I keep saying we need to think outside the box look at pochetino Koeman bilic and Ranieri. All good managers that are foreign and forward thinking with football brains. How much longer are we going have clone managers like Mclown and Lamberk. Boring predictable British managers that no nothing. It’s a farce Lerner has to go or we are the new Leeds

          3. OohAhPaulMcGrath October 24, 2015 at 6:46 pm .

            I think some managers would want job simply as it’s virtually impossible to do any worse. A fourth from bottom finish this season would be celebrated like winning the league by Lerner. The question should be what decent manager would come to us and work under Lerner? Answer is none

      2. Hitchens 60 October 24, 2015 at 5:33 pm . Reply

        Have to agree Giddy. In many ways it’s a shame that it hasn’t worked for Sherwood – he was (sorry is) an entertaining guy but sadly optimism alone isn’t enough to bring success.

        Whoever comes in will need the ability and experience to get us out of this mess or, if not, out of the Championship next season.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath October 24, 2015 at 6:44 pm . Reply

          Agree. Sherwood has to be statistically the worst manager we’ve ever had and that includes Lamberk. A draw today and I’d of said give him a few more games but how many times do our players need to learn the basic rule that if u can’t win a game fine flipped lose it. A point would of stopped the rot today

  2. Im Ronny Pickering October 24, 2015 at 5:21 pm . Reply

    Badger, Oohah take off them fowl remarks please, that lowering this site lads. Please.

  3. pat57 October 24, 2015 at 5:41 pm . Reply

    Hope the dressing room’s getting on better than we are.

    I mean it’s only football after all.

    Reminds me of the late great Bill Shankley – ‘Footballs’s not a matter of life and death…it’s much more important than that.’

    He did however say this with a sly smile.

    TBH If anything I feel somewhat relieved. Tim has to go now, so something will change.

    What was that song…’Things can only get better…’ πŸ™‚

  4. bencey83 October 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm . Reply

    I think we’ll go down this year whatever happens. And, quite frankly, I’m past caring. What is it that I’m supporting exactly? I have no confidence in the chairman and his cronies, the manager and the coaches, or over half the squad. All we’re left with is just a name, which has lost it’s meaning over the last 20 years. I hope a new manager comes in and revitalises the squad and we push on, but I won’t hold my breath – how many times have we been hear before?!

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath October 24, 2015 at 8:08 pm . Reply

      Sometime you have to go backwards to go forwards. Last time we built a great team was from the ashes of the third division where we rise majestically to rule Europe within 10 years of our return πŸ™‚

  5. bencey83 October 24, 2015 at 7:44 pm . Reply

    The players I would personally persevere with are:

    Richards
    Okore
    Amavi
    Gana
    Sanchez
    Grealish
    Gil
    Traore
    Kozak
    Ayew

    Not even a full starting line-up that I think are up to the EPL.

    Haven’t seen enough of Crespo or Bunn (or any of the other keepers) to judge, so might hang on to those.

    The rest can go, as far as I’m concerned – I’ve seen enough!

    1. GIDDYVILLAN October 24, 2015 at 7:52 pm . Reply

      You could add ilori to that list but still unknown to myself no ones seen him to make a judgement.I thought he’d make a good RB after what’s been said about him.

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath October 24, 2015 at 8:05 pm . Reply

      Bunn is better than a Roll imo πŸ™‚

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