Keown has explained why Sherwood needs to boast such a talkative and confident nature, as he tries to guide Villa to FA Cup success and progression in the Premier League for next season.
“When you see the confidence Tim has you’d think he’s been around forever but he’s not even managed for 50 games yet,” he said.
“He’s certainly confident but sometimes you need that kind of ego to mix it with the heavyweights, of which Arsene Wenger is one.”
“He manages with a cockiness but I think that’s fine, as long as he keeps a lid on it. He’s certainly handled his emotions better than he did at Tottenham. But he is a fighter and that has come across in his team.”
So far, Sherwood has done everything that the club would have asked from him when they decided that he was the man they needed to install as manager.
He has every right to be confident in light of that, but it’s important he continues to back up the confidence with progress and success.
The circumstances of his job with Aston Villa are completely different to his time at Tottenham, where there was a heavy pressure hanging over him to get the team into the top four.
The very best Premier League managers are experts in mind games such as Jose Mourinho and former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and opposition bosses need to have big characters and thick skin, like Sherwood, to be able to cope.
If the club wins the FA Cup this weekend and consolidates next season, there will be very few Villa fans complaining over Sherwood’s apparent ‘cocky’ nature.