Tim Sherwood takes a puzzling, misguided shot at Mauricio Pochettino

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

The former Tottenham boss has compared himself to the Argentine... and Pep Guardiola.

New Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has come out all guns blazing with regards to his record at Tottenham Hotspur and successor Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Daily Mirror.

“I don’t think anyone’s managed to better my win record, even this guy ­Pochettino, and ­everyone’s talking about how well he’s done," the Aston Villa coach told reporters.

“It’s all about man-management, how to get the most out of players, and I did that at Tottenham because my record suggests I did.

“I think Pochettino has done a really good job there but mine’s still up there to be shot at. Experience is overrated. If it was all about experience Wayne Rooney wouldn’t play for Everton at 16.

“Guardiola didn’t have to go out and work in the lower leagues, did he?"

But here are the true facts of the matter: Sherwood's win ratio is the best of any Spurs boss so far because he had one of the shortest spells possible at White Hart Lane. The longer the 45-year-old would have spent at Tottenham, the likelihood would have been a fall in ratio regardless of his success.

The Aston Villa coach's time at Spurs included 4-0 defeats to both Liverpool and Chelsea and a 5-1 defeat at home to Manchester City.

While Sherwood speaks of man management, meanwhile, after the Chelsea defeat, the then Tottenham boss publicly criticised his players and completely separated himself from his team, pointing all the blame at the playing staff he claims he was getting the best out of.

So whatever the now Aston Villa boss achieved at Tottenham - there is no denying he had some success and did some things very well - there is frankly no need for this puzzling, misguided shot at Pochettino.

Pochettino, in his first season at Spurs, has already reached a cup final and has his side well in the running for a top-four place. All this has been done despite a squad bloated with excess numbers.

Perhaps Sherwood, then, should take a step back and let his management do the talking. If it's as good as he claims it is, why bother gloating about it?

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