Ahead of their away trip to Anfield to face struggling Liverpool, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has taken the side of his opponent manager Brendan Rodgers who is under massive pressure from the fans who want him to get sacked.
Sherwood has stated that Rodgers should not be criticised despite Liverpool’s poor start of the season.
The Aston Villa gaffer Tim Sherwood has stated that Liverpool are lucky to have under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers, insisting he could have managed Real Madrid if Liverpool won the league two seasons ago.
Aston Villa is looking to add more miseries to Liverpool who have only collected eight points in six games so far this season.
Sherwood almost won the League with Liverpool in the 2013-14 season and Rodgers has vowed to fight for his future at the club. Sherwood is adamant with the fact that Rodgers does not deserve the criticism he is getting right now and he remains a top manager.
Sherwood said Liverpool could not have kept Rodgers if Liverpool won the League in 2014 and they are lucky to have him. He could have joined Real Madid if he won the league.
“After that season, they finished second. If they’d won the league, could they have kept hold of Brendan Rodgers?” he said. “They would have tried everything – and they did. He signed a new contract after that.”
He insisted that a bad start of the season does not make him a bad manager.
“All of a sudden, he doesn’t turn into a bad manager, it’s fine margins. We might have seen him at Real Madrid.”
“Why wouldn’t we have seen him there? He’d have won the English Premier League with a team who hasn’t won it for God knows how many years.”
He also said that Rodgers could have been the hottest property in football if he had won the league and one year does not change anything.
“He would have been the hottest property in football. A week is a long time in this game, let alone a year. Because they got so close, it intensifies the pressure. He’s paying the price for overachieving a couple of seasons ago.”
His final statement was that due to the activity of social media and faceless people having their opinions, so much hype is getting created which was not the case before.
“It’s harder to be a manager now than 20 years ago with social media and faceless people having their opinions. There’s more pundits than players.”