It may be hard to believe for his legion upon legion of detractors, but Aston Villa’s Tim Sherwood can claim to be one of the best managers in Premier League history.
That’s at least as far as win percentage goes, with the Villa Park commandant currently boasting the ninth best of any to oversee 30 games or more in the competition’s 23 seasons
Jose Mourinho heads the charts having with 70%, ahead of Manuel Pellegrini (66%), Sir Alex Ferguson (65%), Roberto Mancini (62%) and Carlo Ancelotti (61%).
Arsene Wenger comes next (58%), with Rafael Benitez and Louis van Gaal(56%) both one percentage point ahead of Sherwood.
The Villa boss had previously been widely lampooned for pointing to his victories-to-games ratio at Tottenham earlier this season, when saying:
“I don’t think anyone’s managed to better my win record, not even this guy Pochettino – and everyone’s talking about how well he’s done.
“I think he has done a really good job there, but mine’s still up there to be shot at. He’s inherited a good bunch of young players who were developed by myself.”
Sherwood was denied the chance to put his White Hart Lane work under more long-term scrutiny, however he has continued amassing victories at Villa Park, with five in 11 league games and seven from 13 in all competitions since taking the helm.
The presence of so many Manchester City and Chelsea managers in the top ten suggests, if anything, his record should be more lauded than it is, due to him working with less powerful sides.
How long he will have to continue delivering exceptional win rates before he stops being regarded as charlatan dugout chancer is anyone’s guess.
However, 41 games into his managerial career Sherwood has yet to be exposed as a fraud and seems only to be enhancing his reputation.
Should he continue his Villa renovation by overthrowing the odds to win the FA Cup, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the 40/1 currently available about him being next England manager could start to look a little on the large side.
Regarded as the heir to Harry Redknapp’s much-maligned ‘football ain’t that hard, just go out there and enjoy yourself’ school of coaching, it should not be forgotten that the older man was once himself a hot favourite for the national team role.
Aston Villa are 5/2 to win the world’s oldest knockout competition, in 90 minutes, extra time or on penalties when they face Arsenal on May the 30th.