Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Villa boss Sherwood needs cup derby win to pacify fans

21 September 2015, 21:35

London - Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood denied that his "honeymoon period" as boss was over on Monday, but desperately needs a win over local rivals Birmingham City to avoid the risk of the club filing divorce papers on him any time soon.

Sherwood became boss at Villa Park on Valentine's Day but there has been little to warm the hearts of the fans since.

Also read: Matic backs Hazard to rediscover scoring touch

Villa have only won three of their 10 home Premier League games since Sherwood arrived and have made their worst start to a league season since 1986-87 so Tuesday's meeting with their old enemy from across town in the League Cup could be a turning point in their relationship.

The last thing Sherwood needs is another home derby defeat after losing 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

That result left Villa with four points from their opening six games and without a win since they beat Bournemouth on the opening day of the season, leaving only Stoke City, Newcastle United and Sunderland below them.

"It was a very disappointing result against a local rival but I don't actually think we have achieved the points tally we deserve," Sherwood told reporters on Monday.

Villa were booed off on Saturday, but asked if his honeymoon period was over, he said: "No, I know what this game is like and a week is long time in football."

Birmingham and Villa have not met since the 2010-11 season, before Birmingham were relegated from the Premier League, but their derby is one of the fiercest in England, dating back to 1887 when Villa won the first of their 120 meetings, beating the Blues 4-0 in an FA Cup match.

Birmingham beat Villa 2-1 in their last League Cup meeting in December 2010 before going on to beat Arsenal in the final, their first major trophy since they beat Villa 3-1 on aggregate in 1963 when the final was played over two legs.

Blues boss Gary Rowett has sympathy for his opposite number but fancies his side's chances after making a solid start to the Championship campaign.

"We all understand that coming to Villa at the moment is not an easy job," he said. "Losing some of the players they lost in the summer like Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph makes the job doubly hard and while I wish him all the best, obviously, we are coming to do what we can do to get a result."

- Reuters


Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...