Aston Villa are currently enjoying something of a resurgence under boss Tim Sherwood. The former Tottenham manager and academy director has installed a new belief around Villa Park and it is showing in some excellent performances. The club now look to have eased fears of relegation and have an FA Cup final to look forward to.
The club, who had the likes of Chris Sutton and Alan Shearer playing for them that memorable season, were managed by Kenny Dalglish and today Sherwood has revealed how it came to be he was a Blackburn player.
Speaking as part of a programme on the 20th anniversary of Rovers' win, he is quoted by the Daily Mail as stating it was in fact Derby County he had originally agreed to join from Norwich City in 1992.
"I shook hands with Arthur Cox that I would join Derby. But on the way back to London I got a call from Kenny. Arthur Cox called and said he’d heard I’d had the call and said to me 'If you were my son I’d tell you to go and play for Kenny'."
Sherwood has high hopes for his current Villa bunch and he is indeed an ambitious manager himself.
In time to come he will obviously hope to have such powers of persuasion when it comes to acquiring players as King Kenny once did.