Cometh the hour, cometh the gillet and with Tim Sherwood sporting a rather snazzy Aston Villa-emblazoned version of his trademark body warmer, the Claret and Blues were ready to take flight under their new manager.
And take flight they, sort of, did with a 2-1 victory over West Brom, helped by the fact that Ben Foster seemed to be intent on doing his best impression of forgotten Manchester United flop Massimo Taibi.
Nevertheless, the game was an opportunity for Sherwood to get the Villa fans on board and the Premier League winner did exactly that via a series of amusing poses and daft celebrations that are chronicled as follows.
Here are the five best pictures of the Aston Villa manager from their midweek West Brom clash.
1. Tim Believes the Children are the future…
As Sherwood has told reporters time and time again, he believes in giving “yoof” a chance – he was the one that made Harry Kane a superstar after all.
Just don’t expect him to spend all night signing autographs for said “youf”. He doesn’t like that.
2. Gillet grimacing at its best
Now, we can’t say for certain that the above picture relates to the rather robust challenge Alan ‘the Scottish Cafu’ Hutton meted out on Saido Berahino.
But the expression on his face does resemble that of an individual who has just witnessed someone getting smashed in the knackers.
3. Sherwood channels Liam Gallagher
The Aston Villa boss is quickly learning that, when it comes to being a football manager, sometimes you need to just roll with it.
And when he’s not too busy looking back in anger at his time with Spurs, he has taken to adopting the pose of the ex-Oasis frontman to deliver instructions to his players.
Because he’s mad for it.
And by ‘it’ we, of course, mean gillets.
4. Tim’s got those moves like Jagger…
Yes, Sherwood has a decent track record for blooding in youngsters and winning matches at the top-level – but how does he shape up on the dance floor?
The answer is like a ‘roided-up version of Kevin Bacon in Footloose with the Villa boss breaking out the classic ‘running man’ move after Christian Benteke’s match-winning penalty.
5. Sherwood has his finger on the pulse
Sometimes a few claps and a couple of fist pumps into the air are not enough to show the fans how delighted you are by a result.
No, Sherwood goes one step further with a spot of symbolism that may well have been missed by several supporters sat far away from the Villans boss.
Maybe it was for the Sky cameras, maybe it was for himself but whatever the case, the sight of Sherwood symbolically checking the collective Aston Villa pulse was highly amusing.
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