Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood, says that he takes inspiration from the way Alan Pardew has handled being ‘screamed out of town in Newcastle’.

The implication, as it seemingly always is from those on the outside, is that Alan Pardew was somehow badly treated by Newcastle supporters.

Considering the frequent long losing runs and near relegation of 2012/13, Newcastle fans were clearly not screaming long enough or hard enough, considering Pardew was at St James Park for over four years and easily the longest serving Premier League manager at the time, with the exception of Arsene Wenger.

At no other club would Alan Pardew have lasted so long. Plus of course the fact is ignored that Alan Pardew actually jumped ship to Crystal Palace where they trebled his wages and promised him a load of cash to spend on players he wanted, as opposed to having no say on transfers at Newcastle.

Villa have slipped below Newcastle and have lost five in a row, only one win on the opening day of the season.

Considering United were below Villa up until 24 hours ago, there was hardly a murmur against Steve McClaren whereas there has been growing unrest with the supporters and Tim Sherwood at Villa Park.

Newcastle are home to Aston Villa live on TV in the last match before Christmas, interesting to see whether both Sherwood and McClaren are still in their respective jobs – hopefully this past weekend is the first sign of the two heading in opposite directions.

Tim Sherwood:

“If the players want inspiration then they can look at me, I don’t want them running into the corner and crying, because it should be me doing that and I’m not going to.

“I realise I’m a football manager who needs to win football matches, what we have to remember is me and them supporters are on the same side.”

Screamed out of Toon…:

“I can take a lot of inspiration from people like Alan Pardew, who was screamed out of town in Newcastle and look at him now.

“I can only control what I can do and I remain confident in that.”

Die on my sword:

“I want to go out on the front foot and, if I die, I die on my sword.

“Why do we need to be more pragmatic? I would never be pragmatic. I’ve done it a few times but I don’t like myself for it.”