Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has admitted that he takes inspiration from Alan Pardew, given the difficulties the Palace supremo has faced up to in his managerial career so far.
With the Birmingham-based outfit struggling hugely in the first few weeks of the campaign, Sherwood will take his players to Stamford Bridge today amidst rumours that he must secure at least three points from the next two games to save his job at Villa Park; a tough task, I’m sure you’ll admit.
It’s no surprise, given the stick Pardew was given during his time at Newcastle United, to see Sherwood now referencing his turnaround in fortunes as a yardstick by which he can measure himself, having not been in the managerial game anywhere near as long as Alan.
Consistently bullish and enthusiastic, Sherwood could easily be compared to Pardew in a number of ways, but the latter appears to have developed a habit of learning from previous mistakes and improving his managerial techniques as a result; a trait which, as of yet, the Villa boss is yet to show. Whilst Tim is still in the relative infancy of his managerial career, he has shown himself to be a more than capable man manager on numerous occasions, galvanising a squad that was floundering towards the end of last season and instilling a sense of belief within the group.
On that basis, it’s hardly a surprise to see him looking towards Alan Pardew as a kindred spirit. The difficulty he faces now, is converting that initial burst of energy and enthusiasm from his players into a sustained spell of good form, just as Pardew is doing in SE25. Clearly, it’s not as easy as it first appears.