Tim Sherwood has been mentioned a number of times as being a possibility to manage Newcastle United if/when Rafa Benitez leaves St James Park.

He is one of those seen as a likely type for Mike Ashley reverting back to his preferred option of somebody out of his depth and not having the skills BUT being desperate enough to take the job on the understanding he will do as he is told to do and won’t expect any say in any important decisions, especially transfers.

The experience Tim Sherwood has had of management so far is when he somehow got the Tottenham job because he was on the spot, only for them to realise very quickly what a disastrous decision it had been, and sack him after only five months.

Later, Sherwood struck lucky again when Aston Villa gave him a chance, only to get the boot after only eight months.

Since 2015 nobody has been daft enough to give him a third opportunity.

So instead we end up with idiots such as Tim Sherwood as a pundit/’expert’.

On Saturday before the Chelsea match, he has turned up on BT Sport giving his ‘expert’ opinion on Newcastle United, Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez.

The failed and out of work manager going for cheap laughs at Rafa’s expense about boring the Newcastle fans ‘to death’ and then trying to dress it up as though he is complimenting  the Newcastle boss because he will definitely (according to Tim Sherwood) keep Newcastle up.

It is not black and white like that, there is no guarantee, even with Rafa Benitez, that this underfunded squad will stay up.

Newcastle had a poor quality squad last year and got a lot of breaks, as well as Rafa’s expertise, which led them to 44 points. This was the lowest ever total that gave a club a PL top half finish. For Mike Ashley to insist on a £20m+ transfer profit in the summer, it has left the manager with an even weaker squad.

Tim Sherwood talks of Rafa Benitez being able to turn ‘average players into good players and that is what he is doing’, which is simply not the case.

Newcastle don’t even have average players by PL standards, Rafa Benitez built a team to specifically get out of the Championship and then stated he would have to then build another if promoted. In the last PL game against Man Utd, Rafa had to start with eight players from the Championship season, with then the £7m trio of additions being Dubravka, Schar and Rondon.

Tim Sherwood also states that Mike Ashley deserves credit for appointing Rafa Benitez.

Exactly how much credit you have to give a club’s owner when they have created an almighty mess and a team on the way to certain relegation then sack your useless manager with 10 games to go, then be that fortunate to have the recent Real Madrid manager approach you and offer his services.

Only a fool would have turned Rafa Benitez down and an even bigger one (fool) would then have treated him as Ashley has done these past five transfer windows.

Tim Sherwood talking on BT Sport:

“I think sometimes at home the onus is on him (Rafa Benitez).

“The fans think, well you bored us to death away from home, we have been travelling in our numbers, now try and entertain us, try and score goals, but (Newcastle under Rafa) don’t do it (score goals and entertain even at home).

“And I mean that in the nicest possible way.

“He stifles games, Rafa Benitez, and he knows how to do it, he know how to get results.

“Without Rafa Benitez they get relegated with that squad of players.

“With Rafa they stay up.

“For me they are not….they are in a relegation battle, of course they are, they have a lot of hard work to do, but they are out of it in my opinion.

“I think they are good enough to be able to do it because of that man (Rafa Benitez).

“I think Mike Ashley has to take some credit for appointing him.

“Yes you don’t wan to go out there and sign big money players and average players for big money.

“What he (Mike Ashley) wants Rafa to do is to turn average players into good players and that is what he is doing.”

  • Leazes.

    Why is the Mag so Ship scared of taking Ryder and Douglas to task….. that is where the real damage is done!

    The abdication of truth starts when a 4-0 defeat is really a pyrrhic victory!…..

    Allowing the illusion of a takeover to grip, or running polls which proclaim 95% are behind Pardew is the highlight of the constant drip feed of normalisation of failure,

    The justification of running a football club into the ground because we have to pay Ashley for his stewardship…..all from the chronicle never mind the ‘sap of the week’ you line up to deflect attention away…. like Sherwood who has nothing to do with this club.

    Jensen’s betrayal in December typifies the stupidity of a club surrounded by people with their faces in the gutter!…. the Tyneside traitors Battalion Co. B.

    • Sickandtired

      About time we all boycotted that rag. It’s not even fit for wiping my [email protected] on as I did as a kid when times were hard – and now somewhat difficult in the digital version ;-)

      • Leazes.

        Can’t do much about them….its sales have gone from 150k on Tyneside to 25k regionally in the last 25 years….. printed news has been overtaken by other media… without the club they’d disappear.

        …. what a wonderful thought. I say that as someone who wants a free and local press, independent and sticks up for the region.


    Is Sherwood:

    1) stupid?
    2) trying to wind Shearer up?
    3) getting paid by fat mike?

    • Toontaff

      All 3!

    • Lord

      4) Pitching to be our next manager

      • porciestreet

        God help us.

    • Sickandtired

      Tick all three.

    • porciestreet

      All three…!

  • Toontaff

    Pitching for the job……………FCB wouldn’t be that stupid, would he………hang on, I’ll ask JoefeckinKinnear!

    • Jewell Ahmed

      That’s our next manager sorted then

    • Mr_Kinnear

      My source, close to thd club, tells me my Uncle Joe has already been approached. I will inform thd chronicle

  • Kenny

    Oh dear.

  • Shields Mag

    If it’s Sherwood next manager we might just get that empty stadium…..Ashley Out!

  • Sickandtired

    Another failed and incompetent Southerner touting for a job. Worryingly, he fits the profile of Fatty’s normal picks. But Tim, Rafa approached NUFC – they didn’t approach him. Muppet.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    The words ‘Ashley’ and ‘credit’ should not be used together – unless its to provide investment for the team and our facilities. Fat chance

    • Leazes.

      Like ‘great’ and ‘taxi driver’…. complete lie.

  • Peaco

    Footballers (and ex footballers) are thick. Who knew? They can barely string a sentence together, and certainly not without the ubiquitous “obviously” or “at the end of the day”. Listen to them closely in interviews, and you start to realise that they seldom actually say anything; it’s generally words that together have little meaning. Back to Tim Sherwood then. Ex footballer? Yes. Thick? Undoubtedly. Next.

    • Leazes.

      he sai….’Without Rafa Benitez they get relegated with that squad of players. With Rafa, they stay up. For me, they’re in a relegation battle’….. the Mag has lined him up instead of Ryder and Douglas…..

      …. odd that in 12 years they stay clear of the chronicles support for the regime and most of its duff managers yet line up southern commentators to shoot at.

      • Peaco

        Great. So what part of what I said was incorrect?

        • Leazes.

          The ‘comprehension’ bit….. what he said was correct, and you are doing what the author intended…. saying all footballers are thick….

          • Peaco

            They are.

  • Ba ba.

    He’s a helmet… Simple as that

  • robbersdog

    He’s like a younger version of Harry Rednapp, only without Harry’s Arthur Daley-ish charm. Basically, he’s a thick, charmless gobshite.

    • Big Al 1967

      Nail. On. Head

  • Kneebotherm8

    “I think Mike Ashley has to take some credit for appointing him.”

    Appoints him then doesn’t back him transfer window after transfer window……….you cockney plum……..

    • KennyS

      That’s the tragedy about all of this, he appoints him then ignores him.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Exactly……it’s unbelievable stuff really…….my opinion is that Rafa has been too outspoken from day one,in Ashleys eyes,and has been and is being constructively shown the exit door by the vindictive FCB…..

  • graham18

    He”s also a little pr#ck like the FCB as well

  • panther

    Cracking player but clueless

    • porciestreet

      Given rise to the old argument…all footballers a thick as ***k.

  • Gordonthetoony

    Talking Rollicks. Obviously putting himself in the picture with Ashley for when Rafa departs.

  • Mike D

    It’s not a new low though is it? Plenty of idiots have come out and said worse.

  • porciestreet

    You cant get any lower than that p*!*k….oh sorry, forgot about keys and gray…my mistake.

    • KennyS

      I have to say I hate Keys, spouting his 2nd rate ‘few views’ trash on a channel nobody of any note in the real world has heard of.

  • KennyS

    No news that makes any relevance to anyone in my life or my world.

  • GlasgowMag

    Bottom 3 by tonight looking at the scores!! This is the reality Tim if we were buying average Premiership players we would be well out of the relegation zone by now but buying bog standard Championship players I would imagine any of the top managers in the world would struggle with those odds!!

  • Paul Patterson

    A buffoon put in front of a microphone..

  • Tweed Mag

    Who cares what this numpty thinks. Ego on legs, without anything to be big-headed about.

  • Cockneytrev

    Rio Ferdinand also sticking up for fat boy and joe cole making incorrect statements,,
    Until either the fans stand up and be counted or the national and local media turn on Ashley he will never sell the club,,

  • toonterrier

    Dik and dum.

  • Jon

    So everyone else in the footballing world is wrong, and our deluded fans are right? No surprise there. 10 men behind the ball at home, 0 shots on target against bottom of the league at the time and still people defend Rafa. Jesus Christ.