Speaking to talkSPORT, Shay Given gave his opinion of Tim Sherwood, admitting his belief that the sacked Aston Villa boss will have a big future in football management.
He said: “I have a lot of time for Tim, actually. Possibly [he should have been given more time]. He might not have been involved in the player recruitment, and if that’s the case, then it was a tough task for him. I think Tim will have a big future in football, and hopefully he does well.”
Sherwood was in charge of the Villa side that Given was in last season, playing the experienced keeper in the FA Cup run which saw the Midlands team lose in the Final to Arsenal.
Whilst Given left at the end of last season, Sherwood remained in charge and oversaw a rebuilding of the Villa squad, although the keeper is not sure that the former head coach played a key role in recruitment over the summer.
He was tasked with building a competitive team out of a number of players lumped upon him, many of whom do not appear to possess much talent.
Unsurprisingly, Sherwood’s task ended in failure, with just one win this season before he was sacked and replaced by Remi Garde. Garde has not yet improved the team, suggesting the issue at Villa Park was not with the manager, but with various other factors.
For Sherwood, he is currently out of work, and it is hard to imagine which club would be willing to offer him a job given his poor record at Villa.
However, Given does not believe that all the issues were his fault, and the goalkeeper is confident that Sherwood will go on to have a big and successful future in football management.