Tim Sherwood Aims Sly Dig At Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino

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Plus: Aston Villa boss reveals heated row with Chelsea coach.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has given an in-depth interview in the Daily Mail talking about his time at Villa Park so far, as well as his stint in charge of Tottenham Hotspur last season.

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The 46-year-old seems confident of keeping Villa in the Premier League as they fight against relegation this season, and also made some pointed remarks about current Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

“I want to be the best manager,” he said. “I don’t want to be nicking a few quid and ticking over — I want to take a club somewhere and achieve. Now, the first achievement would be keeping Villa in the Premier League, but it isn’t ultimately what I want to do.

“I don’t want to be scrapping around; I want to take them forward. I think I did that at Tottenham. I didn’t leave a crumbling house — Mauricio Pochettino has done a good job, but he had it laid out for him, with players like (Harry) Kane and (Nabil) Bentaleb.”

Sherwood also revealed another side of his competitive personality, detailing how he launched a foul-mouthed tirade at Chelsea coach Steve Holland after a 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge last season.

“We were playing Chelsea. Nearly an hour in we had them where we wanted them. Then Jan Vertonghen makes a mistake, Younes Kaboul gets sent off, and we capitulate, lose 4-0,” Sherwood recalled.

“I’m hot, I’m upset. Jose Mourinho shakes hands, doesn’t say much. Steve Holland, his assistant, comes up and he’s trying to be nice. ‘Unlucky mate,’ he says. ‘You played really well in the first half.’ I tell him to f*** off. Lost my temper. Called him a patronising c***. I had to phone and apologise. Still fuming, but it was my mistake. He didn’t mean it as I thought. You’re not safe in the heat of that battle.”

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