Tim Sherwood stopped just short of thanking Tottenham for firing him after his Aston Villa side upset his former employers at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Christian Benteke’s 35th minute header held up for Villa, which moves six points clear of the relegation zone and boosted Sherwood’s record with the club to 3W-1D-4L.
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And the vociferous Sherwood was happy to talk about his win, especially after Spurs refused to keep him around, and also claim responsibility for Benteke scoring goals again.
From the BBC:
“Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy made the decision [to sack me] based on what he thought was the right thing to do. Mauricio Pochettino is doing a good job. Without Spurs giving me the job last year, I wouldn’t have been here today to enjoy this win.
“The club weren’t creating chances for Christian Benteke before I arrived. It’s about conserving his energy, keeping him high up the field and using him to penetrate teams. The shackles are off him now.
“It’s a fantastic result for me and Aston Villa.”
It’s a classic bit of backhanded compliments. “If they hadn’t hired me and fired me within a half-year, Villa wouldn’t have!”
What a guy.