Tim Sherwood continues to entertain rather more than his Aston Villa side as he edges towards an inevitable exit.
Villa lost 2-0 to Chelsea on Saturday and remain in the relegation zone without a win since the opening day of the season.
Reports suggest that David Moyes – under pressure at Real Sociedad – will return to England to take over; but Sherwood is defiant.
“I’m trying to instil in them not to be scared to lose,” said Sherwood, who seems to have accomplished that particular target.
“If anyone should be scared to lose then it should be me. But I’m not.
“I want to go out on the front foot and, if I die, I die on my sword. Why do we need to be more pragmatic? I would never be pragmatic. I’ve done it a few times but I don’t like myself for it.
“I can only control what I can do and I remain confident in that. The boys have responded. I need the boys to respond and I think they did and did what I asked them to.
“The last few weeks have been boring, I’ve felt bored watching it. People going square, sideways, I’m not telling them to do that. I’m telling them to express themselves.”