Brendan Rodgers once enjoyed untouchable status as the top dog in the world of barmy comments.
Revered around the globe, the Ulsterman’s pre and post-match musings were the sole reason why several impartial punters tuned in to watch Liverpool play earlier in the season, but viewing figures have dipped recently.
Sky’s marketing masterminds scratch their head for the solution, but the answer is simple – Tottenham’s Tim Sherwood is the new poster boy for mental managerial spiel and news.bwin.com/en/ are firmly on the bandwagon, devoting our entire weekly quotes feature to the oratory brilliance of the Spurs boss.
On working under a Director of Football, Sherwood says:
“No one will come in here unless I sanction it, you can’t work any other way.”
The gilet-sporting supremo may want to focus on securing his own future before signing off on incomings and outgoings, he’s one of the favourites to be the next top-tier boss relieved of his duties, though overturning a 3-1 first-leg deficit and qualifying for the Europa League quarter finals at 11/1 will aid his cause.
On player power, Sherwood says:
“Hodgson was on live TV once and he was talking to Jimmy Hill. He said that I got him sacked (at Blackburn) because I had too much influence on the rest of the players. When I was asked about it, I said I didn’t want to take all the credit.”
Professional in the extreme, the 45-year-old plays down his involvement in the demise of a fellow dugout-dweller and it’s clear to see why.
Roy Hodgson has never been relegated in a coaching career beginning in 1976, yet Rovers went down in the same season the current England boss was overthrown.
Smooth move, Tim.
On literature, Sherwood says:
“I don’t read books. I read the Daily Express and The Star.”
“Not the Guardian?” the interviewer asked.
“Too much writing in it.”
As the great Bill Shankly once quipped: ‘Football is a simple game made complicated by people who should know better.’
In fear of learning too many big words and running the risk of accidentally incorporating them into team talks that would, therefore, ensure Spurs lose handsomely against all of their rivals under his guidance, Sherwood never strays into the unchartered territory of the broadsheet.
His caution can’t be questioned…oh wait, yes it can.