Tim Sherwood: I want an Aston Villa statue... so we'd better win the FA Cup final on Saturday.



The former Spurs boss is not afraid to dream big... and wants to be immortalised outside Villa Park after a win at Wembley.

Saturday is FA Cup Final day and one of the greatest sporting events in the world lies in store, report the Birmingham Mail.

The holders Arsenal take on the underdogs Aston Villa - a team looking to end a 58-year wait to lift the prestigious trophy.

Not since Peter McParland’s goals helped Villa to a 2-1 victory over Manchester United way back in 1957 has the club achieved such heights in this most famous of domestic cup competitions.

And to think just a few weeks ago the FA Cup wasn’t even the claret and blues’ main concern.

Tim Sherwood was hired to keep the under-achieving club in the Premier League. He did it with a game to spare and now it’s his chance to make history.

“Fans only love you if you win something and unless you do that you’re never going to have a statue outside the club,” he said.

Sherwood thinks big - it’s the only way he’s ever known.

He’s promised that Villa will not be in a relegation fight next year and if they are successful today he reckons it could be the start of something special.

During his time at Tottenham he was criticised for a lack of experience, but in his own words, ‘experience is over-rated’.

Sherwood began his career at Watford and in 1995 he was the captain of Blackburn’s Premier League-winning team.

He made over 500 appearances as a player, spent years in the trenches studying the game and gained valuable expertise as development boss and first-team manager at White Hart Lane.

“You name me a player and I bet you I can tell you where he plays and his position,” said the Villa boss.

Of course the only players he’s really bothered about this weekend are those in his matchday 18.

Picking his team would have been tough and there are sure to be some glum faces this evening, but Sherwood isn’t in management to make friends.

“I’m only doing it in the best interests of the football club and for the team to win the game,” he said,

“It’s part and parcel of being a player and a manager. They can’t all play.”

Source: Daily Mirror


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