You know you’re in trouble when Stan Collymore feels the need to defend you in every single platform known to mankind.
Not only has Collymore leapt to the defence of under fire Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood on his renowned Twitter feed but he has also served up defences in both The Mirror, The Birmingham Mail, on Talksport and on radio transmissions sent into the blackness of space by NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft.
After their loss at Stamford Bridge where both Joleon Lescott and perennial failure Alan Hutton conspired to consign Villa to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of an unconvincing Chelsea, Sherwood was bullish, calling Chelsea’s goals ‘fluky’. Frankly there was nothing ‘fluky’ about them, they were indicative of two players who were low on confidence making stupid mistakes and lacking any inspiration from their boss.
Sherwood, who looks so out of his depth that he might as well be standing in the the Mariana Trench giving absurd tactical instructions to giant squid, is all set to be replaced by David Moyes who himself is in trouble at Real Sociedad after a number of senior players have expressed doubts about his methods and tactics in San Sebastián.
Changing your manager early can be a good omen – just look at the positivity surrounding Jurgen Klopp‘s appointment. The same Jurgen Klopp who is so enamoured with his players that he has been telling the press that he tried to sign all of them while he was Dortmund manager. Divock Origi, who made his first Liverpool appearance at the weekend, is the latest name on a list which includes Christian Benteke and – oddly enough – Joe Gomez.
That new manager bounce (Liverpool didn’t win against Spurs but the press would have you believe they did) doesn’t always come; just ask Sam Allardyce whose new Sunderland side fell to a 1-0 defeat away to West Brom. His solution? Signing Kevin Nolan, Carlton Cole, James Collins, Joey O’Brien and Sandro from QPR. What could possibly go wrong?
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