Sherwood: I can still save Villa and I have no fears of sack

Date published: Sunday 18th October 2015 12:10

Tim Sherwood: Sacked by Aston Villa after sixth straight defeat

Tim Sherwood has played down suggestions he is facing the sack at Aston Villa and insists he remains the best man to save them from relegation.

Goals from Diego Costa and an Alan Hutton own goal helped Chelsea to a much-needed 2-0 win to ease the pressure on Jose Mourinho.

Positive results are something which Sherwood needs desperately amid reports his job is on the line.

But Sherwood, who was appointed in February, said: “I’ve had no indication that the clock’s ticking.

“I’m aware that as a football manager, you need to win football matches.

“If you don’t you’ll invariably lose your job somewhere along the line.

“I’ll take my share of responsibility, but it’s a team effort. We need to make sure that we stick together and come through it.”

He is not about to start pointing an accusing finger at Brad Guzan or anyone else.

“Mistakes are there and we have to stick together. They’re team mistakes,” Sherwood added.

“It’s about bouncing back and making sure we don’t do it again.

“We’re disappointed we lost again and we are in a precarious position in the Premier League, but we got positives out of that game today.”

The result leaves Villa third from bottom in the Premier League, four points off safety, but Sherwood says he is the man to keep them up.

“We gifted goals away today – they were fluky, but when you’re down the bottom that’s what you get,” he added.

“Chelsea always score at the Bridge so we knew we had to score to get something out of today.

“We dominated in the opening period, and they had no chances until they scored, which was a gift from us.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t got that cutting edge which you need to win matches.

“We are not blaming individuals – we are in this together. We have to bounce back and dust ourselves down. The result is disappointing but we’ll crack on.

“Stats can mislead people at times – we played on the front foot here at the Bridge, we matched them initially.

“We believe we’ll stay in this division, though it’s clear for everyone to see that we’re a side in transition.

“I am positive, I will not shrink. I didn’t hear my supporters shouting for me to leave. I’ll keep swinging, even if I’m backed into a corner.”


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