Tim Sherwood addresses lack of public backing from Aston Villa's board

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The Villa boss is reportedly facing the sack if his side loss to Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood insists he is not concerned that the club's board have made no attempt to publicly back him, despite reports that Saturday’s home clash with Swansea City could be his last in charge.

Villa suffered their fifth straight Premier League defeat last weekend with a 2-0 loss at Chelsea and have now dropped down to 19th-place in the table, having taken just four points from nine games.

Without a top-flight win since beating Bournemouth 1-0 in their opening match of the season, the likes of the Telegraph have reported this week that Sherwood is facing the sack if his side suffer another defeat tomorrow afternoon at Villa Park.

David Moyes has already been named as a potential replacement if he is ultimately relieved of his duties, but the former Tottenham Hotspur head coach remains in defiant mood going into the game.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Sherwood told reporters: "You just deal with it because it's part and parcel of the job. If you don't win games and you come under pressure and someone else gets linked to your job.

"I've been linked with a lot of jobs myself, I can't stop myself being linked and I can't stop, while I'm sitting in the seat, other people being linked.

"I'm easy with it. My job doesn't change. I still need to win a football match which I'm aware of. I'll be taking full responsibility for the team's performance and we'll win tomorrow.”

The Villa Supporters’ Trust criticised the club this week for remaining silent on Sherwood’s position amid the mounting speculation but the beleaguered boss claims that he has no problems with their lack of public backing.

“I can’t control that,” he said. “It’s their decision if they want to come out and say that. You’ve seen at other football clubs, people get a vote of confidence and it probably doesn’t mean much so all I can do is try to win

"I think it's quite common at every football club; the manager always has to do the talking. I don't think you see too many from the background at football clubs talking. That's the way the makeup of football clubs are.”

Villa could ultimately end up seven points from safety by Sunday if they lose to Swansea and Bournemouth go on to beat Tottenham, and Sherwood has called for the fans to give the team their full support tomorrow afternoon.

"We're in the Premier League this season because of what the fans gave us in certain games last year and pulled us through,” he added. "We're going to need it bouncing tomorrow and we're going to need their help.

"Certainly they're going to want to come and be entertained and we must make sure we do that."

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