As far as “votes of confidence” being given to an under-fire manager go, Tim Sherwood received what can only be described as an iffy reaffirmation from Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner, via non-executive board member Charles Krulak, on Thursday.
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Krulak acknowledged Villa fans’ discontent with the way their 2015-16 Premier League campaign has begun (currently 18th in the league with one win from eight games), and while dispelling the idea Sherwood’s job is already on the line, stopped well short of saying, “He’s our guy and we’re sticking with him” — quotes from the Guardian:
“We realize there is concern amongst our supporters. I see that on their message boards and I see that on social media as well.
“This is a critical point in a season, we know. I speak to Randy just about every day and we are still convinced we have good players and a good team.
“There has been a bit of bad luck along the way. To say Tim Sherwood has to win those games to survive is pure speculation. Randy has always wanted continuity and someone there for the long term.”
Sherwood’s side was always going to struggle to start the season after losing Christian Benteke in the summer — though, well over the $50 million received was reinvested into the squad — but we must remember that the year is 2015, and with that, managers are constantly getting less and less time to right the ship before being cast overboard.
It gets no easier for Villa this weekend — or does it? — as they visit Stamford Bridge to take on the defending champions, Chelsea (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on USA and online via Live Extra).