Marmite, blue cheese, anchovies and oysters are all strong flavours which do not necessarily appeal to everyone’s taste; Tim Sherwood is the footballing equivalent.
Whether or not Aston Villa’ new manager brings you out in hives or infects you with his candour, though, at present he’s letting his side’s football do the talking anyway.
The former Tottenham gaffer has guided Villa into an FA Cup final and looks very likely to preserve his new club’s Premier League status from a position of extreme jeopardy when he took over in mid-February.
Should Sherwood achieve the survival/cup double he’ll earn legend status at Villa Park, but before the flattering appraisals potentially flood in, there’s another seemingly outrageous question to answer.
Would he make a good England manager down the line? Here’ are five reasons he would:
He’s a motivational genius
This is becoming abundantly clear. Firstly he turned results around at Spurs last season, winning seven of his first 11 games as caretaker and now he’s working his magic at Villa. He appears to breed confidence with individuals too, not least strikers such as Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Benteke.
He’s not afraid to take bold tactical decisions
Does he have the tactical guile of a Jose Mourinho? Certainly he does not. However, when Sherwood took the reins at Tottenham he switched to a 4-4-2 which drew exasperated gasps in some quarters, but initiated positive results and he’s got Villa playing sleek football now, with runners from midfield his signature.
He will not pick players simply on reputation, just performance
This became part of his problem at White Hart Lane, but it stands him in great stead where international management is concerned, as team dynamic over the individual is key. Dealing with huge egos is a requisite part of the job.
He’s already inspiring a crop of young Englishman at Villa
Even if you want to label 19-year-old sensation Jack Grealish as Irish, he’s one of a host of exciting prospects flourishing in the west Midlands. Fabian Delph and Tom Cleverley have already broken into the England ranks but have never looked better, while Ashley Westwood, Matthew Lowton and Nathan Baker are also around the first team.
He’s got rhino-thick skin
Perhaps the most key ingredient of them all. As a manager you expect to be placed on a pedestal or vilified at various times. As England boss you are occasionally more exposed than a camel in a sandstorm.
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