That Tim Sherwood eh? You just can’t stop him talking.
The Aston Villa boss has been flapping his gums to all and sundry ahead of the Midlanders’ relegation six-pointer at home to QPR, with the hosts uneasy 23/20 favourites.
Here are a few of the verbose southerner’s choicest pre-match mutterings:
No pressure lads
“I think this is the biggest game that a lot of these players have ever played for this football club.
“This is without doubt the biggest game of the season for Villa and possibly one of the biggest in a number of years.”
So you reckon it’s a big game then Tim?
Men against cakes
“You look through QPR’s side and they’ve got a lot of players who are men with a lot of experience. We’ve got a few men in there but we’ve got a lot of pretty much ‘icing-on-the-cake’ players. I’m trying to get that mentality into them to start digging out results. It’s not what we’re cut out to do.”
Disregarding the fact that Charlie Austin, Yun Suk-Young, Matt Phillips and Mauricio Isla, who were all in QPR’s first XI for the 4-1 win at West Brom last time out, haven’t yet started 100 Premier League games between them, this can’t have gone down well among the Villa squad.
With reference to QPR boss Chris Ramsey:
“I would have to speak to the club about whether we could find a role for him. I know I am biased but he is up there with the very best coaches I have ever seen.”
Clearly Sherwood has already foreseen a Villa win over Ramsey’s side, QPR’s subsequent relegation, and his old Spurs backroom buddy’s dismissal from the Loftus Road hotseat. Impressive.
A brave man
“I’m not one for security in numbers behind the ball. I don’t expect them to sit back. It takes a brave man to continue with that philosophy.”
He has basically called Jose Mourinho a coward here.
Get the excuses in early
“I’ve never seen an injury crisis like it. I never thought I’d be one of those managers who moans about injuries but I have to.
“You get one back and lose another two. They’re not trivial injuries, they’re always two, three, four weeks. It’s okay in September but not now. That’s pretty much writing off the season.
“It’s something you have to get on with and hopefully there’s light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a case of seeing who can come in. A few are back from injury, medically, but physically, it’s a needs-must situation. Some of them will be risked.”
It’s okay in September but not now? What is he on about?