Newsletter

Get your daily update and weekly newsletter by signing up today!

Opinion

Tim Sherwood explains how he is a clueless out of work manager and why Eddie Howe is Newcastle United boss

4 weeks ago
Share

Tim Sherwood was a football manager once upon a time.

No honestly, he was.

Tim Sherwood lasted five months in the top job at Tottenham (December 2013 to May 2014 before he was sacked).

Then he did manage nine months at Aston Villa before getting the boot, May 2014 until February 2015.

However, nobody willing to give Tim Sherwood a third time lucky at trying to be a manager.

Anyway, Thursday morning and isn’t life sweet.

Waking up to this sunny morning on Tyneside, although admittedly things would be even better if I wasn’t carrying a banging hangover from last night’s pre and post-match in Newcastle city centre.

Honestly, is there any place on earth you’d rather be, when Newcastle United win at St James Park?

Just so class to see so many happy people after the match.

Yes, Newcastle United haven’t won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup….anything, thanks for reminding us (yawn yawn) BUT we do know how to enjoy ourselves. Whether it is celebrating a goal, as in celebrating it instead of only concerned with trying to film / snap it on your phone to show your three followers on Instagram, or indeed celebrating a result / win.

Last night the ‘celebration police’ were out in force on Twitter and the like, as random journalists, pundits, rival fans queued up to mock Newcastle United supporters for enjoying themselves after their team won a game of football. Is that what we have come to, you are only allowed to be happy and have a laugh, if your club wins the Premier League or Champions League.

Did you see the state of the Chelsea fans at Wembley on Sunday when reaching the FA Cup final? I’ve celebrated more when given a shift off having to do the washing up! Actually, watching the Chelsea highlights this morning (they lost 4-2 at home last night to Arsenal), there were Chelsea fans abusing the players, Chelsea captain Azpilicueta rightly absolutely furious and remonstrating with some of the entitled jokers who claim to be their supporters. This is Chelsea who already this season have won the UEFA Super Cup, won the FIFA World Club Cup, got to the final of the League Cup, are in the final of the FA Cup, got to the quarters of the Champions League and are currently third in the Premier League.

Anyway, I have gone off at a bit of a tangent there…as I was saying, Tim Sherwood.

Tim Sherwood speaking after Newcastle United had drawn 1-1 with Man U – 27 December 2021:

“Any chance of survival (for Newcastle United)?

“I give them no chance.”

Interviewer:

“No chance whatsoever?”

Tim Sherwood:

“No I don’t.

“I just think that they are not good enough defensively.

“The manager hasn’t got a magic wand.

“I’m not sure they are going to be able to get the players (in the January transfer window) to hit the ground running.

“I think…look…it is a positive result tonight.

“I don’t want to take anything away from them but…the love-in there for Joelinton…I’m scratching my head.

“I mean, he has done alright, but when he comes to the club I thought he was a centre-forward…”

This laughable nonsense was less than four months ago, Tim Sherwood is about as good a pundit as he is (was!) a football manager.

Honestly, absolutely clueless.

When Newcastle United drew 1-1 with Man U that night, it wasn’t a ‘positive’ result, it was really disappointing, because Newcastle had been far the better team and had deserved to win. However, Newcastle United still came away with their spirits raised overall, because this performance was further proof that Eddie Howe was slowly but surely breathing life unto Newcastle United, getting the vital organs working again, after having flatlined under Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce.

Speaking of which, it was Sherwood’s mate Steve Bruce who played Joelinton week after week, month after month, as an ever worsening centre-forward. Little surprise really, considering how many days off Steve Bruce gave the players and himself instead of hard graft on the training pitch, plus coincidentally, Joelinton made his reputation as a support player, from a wide / midfield role, not an out and out striker.

The patronising nature of Tim Sherwood above, when he comments on the ‘love-in’ between Joelinton and the Newcastle fans. This was because Eddie Howe had for a number of matches had the Brazilian looking a far better player in a far different role, compared to what had gone on for Joelinton under Steve Bruce.

Honestly, Tim Sherwood comes from the Steve Bruce class of managers (and pundits!). Sherwood was gutted Newcastle hadn’t lost to Man Utd, though not as gutted as Steve Bruce was, when a pundit for Sky Sports back in 1996, when almost in tears as his beloved Man U were hammered 5-0 by Newcastle United.

After that draw against Man Utd, Newcastle United had played 19 Premier League matches and had 11 points, these next 14 PL games have produced 29 points thanks to nine wins, two draws and three defeats. An average of 2.07 points picked up per game in these last 14 Eddie Howe matches, which over a 38 game season would equal 79 points, only seven less than what Man City won the Premier League with last season.

Share

If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]

Have your say

© 2022 The Mag. All Rights Reserved. Design & Build by Mediaworks