Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood responds to Roy Keane's claims in typical fashion

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

The Villa manager has laughed-off the Irishman's suggestions that he was positioning himself for the job even before Paul Lambert's sacking.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told his pre-match press conference that he plans to become a regular fixture at Barcelona and Real Madrid games when he is next out of work.

That is after former Villa assistant Roy Kane claimed that Sherwood was positing himself to become the claret and blue boss before the since-departed Paul Lambert’s sacking in mid-February.

Sherwood was seen attending games at Villa Park on a number of occasions in the months before his appointment and in the soon-to-be released updated version of his autobiography, The Second Half, Keane has written how he felt the ex-Tottenham coach was already gunning for the job.

In quotes covered by the Daily Mail, the Irishman said: “I went to watch Villa against Bournemouth in the FA Cup a few weeks before Paul was sacked and Tim Sherwood was sitting behind me.

“I think some men go to matches if they think there’s a job there for him. I believe Tim had been at two or three games.

“It’s not a criticism of Tim. It’s part of the game, it’s the industry we’re in. I’d go the other way myself. If I thought the manager was under pressure and that I was somehow being linked to the job, I’d avoid the place.”

However, speaking ahead of the weekend’s visit of West Ham United, Sherwood was quick to refute such suggestions in typical mischievous fashion.

“What I’ll say is that I went to a lot of football matches – maybe 20 or 30 – while I was out of work,” he said. “But if that’s the formula to get yourself a job then next time I’m out of work I’m going to position myself at the Nou Camp or the Bernabeu.

“I think Aston Villa are probably the only club I wasn’t linked to so I didn’t think that [it was disrespectful].”

In addition, Keane also admitted that he was not impressed by star man Christian Benteke during his five-month stint as Lambert’s number two, declaring that the striker went about training the wrong way.

“I’d look at Christian and he wasn’t one for scoring many goals in training,” Keane added. “With all the top strikers I’d worked with, the top ones always loved scoring in training.

“I thought he’d give them a lift when he came back from injury but I wasn’t thinking ‘The Messiah’s back’. He isn’t the type of personality that will get people together.”

With the Belgium international now on a run of 11 goals in his last nine games, though, that is another opinion which Sherwood finds himself disagreeing with.

“I won’t comment on their regime but I’ll I can say is that, since I’ve come in, he’s been very good,” the Villa boss said.

“He does score in training and, more importantly, he does score on the pitch when it matters.”

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