London - Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood came out fighting
on Friday ahead of another potentially difficult weekend, claiming that the
team would not be relegated from the Premier League and that supporters would
soon be chanting his name again.
There have been reports that Sherwood's job was under threat
after the club's American owner Randy Lerner met Villa officials in the United
States this week.
With the team in the bottom three and facing an away game
with champions Chelsea on Saturday, Sherwood told a news conference that he
felt it was more important to stay in England and work with the players.
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"My object this season was to stay in the Premier
League and I'm 100 percent certain we will," he said.
"The players know the last few weeks haven't been good
enough. There are a lot of points to be played for, enough to stay in the
Villa bought 13 new players in the close-season but spent
only 4.4 million pounds ($6.80 million) net, after receiving big fees when
Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph were sold to Liverpool and Manchester City
Sherwood denied that there were any of the newcomers that he
did not want, adding, "I've got to believe in the players that I've got,
which I do."
He suggested the fans who were singing his name a few weeks
ago would soon "be doing so again", but also acknowledged that he
faced dismissal if results did not improve.
"If you don't win games as a football manager, you get
sacked," he said.
"I take full responsibility for results. I'm not
hiding. I'm standing on the touchline taking the brunt of it."
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