Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has hinted that he has been made a scapegoat at the club.
Villa have failed to win a Premier League game since the opening day against Bournemouth and reports suggest that Sherwood could lose his job if they lose to Swansea on Saturday.
He still insists that he is enjoying his job and will walk away if that ceases to be the case.
“I would always say that. Whenever I’m not happy with the situation, and I’m not happy in my job of work, then I would, 100 per cent. Not now,” he said.
“If I can take what I’ve taken over the last few months and still be happy, that tells you a lot.
“I’ve taken the brunt of this football club over the last few months, everything that everyone wants to throw at it – negatives – it’s been on my head.
“That’s my job as a manager to take that responsibility. I’m not in the background, am I? I’m the manager, I get paid to stand at the front and take it on the chin and that’s what I’m doing.”
Sherwood has described the clash with struggling Swansea as a ‘cup final’, handily reminding us that he took Villa to Wembley last season.
“I am telling the players it’s a must-win because we need to win a game sooner or later.
“This is a cup final. Forget Wembley last season, this is a cup final.
“It isn’t a bigger game in my mind, it’s the next one, but it is a massive game, not only for me but for them as well.
“They all want to be Premier League footballers and this club needs to be in the Premier League. I know we will be and they need to know we will be.
“They will only do that by winning games and getting that confidence.”