Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken about the benefits of the international break, the pressure he’s under and his future at the club.
Speaking to the media in today’s pre Chelsea press conference, Sherwood covered a number of subjects – especially in light of the press coverage and wibbling we’ve had over the past week when it came to nailed on replacements and his sacking.
In quotes carried by the Birmingham Mail firstly, Sherwood talked about the international break and how that had been good for us given his injury news update, but also his hope that it would’ve further hindered a struggling opposition.
He also said it was all about us, and we couldn’t over think Chelsea’s form this weekend as we go in search of a second Premier League win in 2015-16.
‘We’ve had a couple of games behind closed doors during the break. A couple of the players returning from injury benefited from those. We’re in transition. We’ve had ups and downs, more downs so far unfortunately. These players will benefit from playing in the Premier League and will get better. We can’t worry about Chelsea before we worry about ourselves. We need to put in a performance. We know they’ve got talented players. Hopefully we’ll benefit from the fact he’s probably only had two players there, the rest were away on international duty.’
He also talked about his future and the possibility of his sacking if things don’t turn around from us – but for Sherwood that’s the nature of the job and it’s to be expected given our results so far.
His focus is on turning things around not worrying about what ifs.
‘Once I get through this period everyone will benefit. Aston Villa will and I will. I’m a football manager and am responsible for results. That’s what I’m paid for. I’ll stand up to this. It’s the nature of the game we’re in. I look up to managers who have stood up in tough periods. I take inspiration from Alan Pardew. He’s now favourite for the England job when Roy leaves. A real turnaround. I take a lot of heart from managers who have been through difficult periods. This is my first tough period in management. We’ll soldier on and get through it. I have 100 per cent belief that we’ll stay in the Premier League.’
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