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.”