Tim Sherwood is a manager who likes to build up belief in his players and get them motivated - as he proved at Tottenham by getting Emmanuel Adebayor scoring.
Last summer after signing Micah Richards on a free transfer, he talked up the former Manchester City defender, adamant he could get into the England squad for Euro 2016.
Richards previously has earned caps for his country, and Sherwood had hopes the transfer to Aston Villa could breathe new life into his career.
He told The Express last August: "We hope this is the big stage for him to show what he can do. He has been outstanding since he has been here which is why he has the armband on.
"He had very little football last season, but he has had a good pre-season - injury free. If we can keep him healthy, I am sure he will get back in the England squad. I hope he proves to be a real bargain. That is the aim."
Richards instead proved a high profile disaster, and was not the only one, with Sherwood sacked in late October, with his replacement Remi Garde proving equally bad.
Any chances of Richards making the England squad had evaporated even before Sherwood's dismissal, and looking back on the former manager's comments now they seem almost ludicrous.
Instead of Euro 2016, Richards faces the Championship in 2016/17 as his next call, unless the club can find a willing buyer.