Tim Sherwood joked(?) he would “be checking over my shoulder” to see if he could see any potential replacements in the Aston Villa stands on Saturday.
Villa have not won in the Premier League since an opening-day victory over Bournemouth, leaving them 19th in the Premier League and with Sherwood’s job under significant threat.
The former Spurs boss was reported to need at least one win from his next two fixtures – the first being the defeat to Chelsea last week – to save his job, with Saturday’s visit of Swansea up next.
Such claims were subsequently rubbished by Villa director Charles Krulak, and Sherwood has reacted to yet more speculation over his job in a rather nonchalant manner.
“You just get on with it. It’s purely speculation,” he said. “I’ll be checking over my shoulder to see if anyone is positioning themselves in the director’s box tomorrow.
“I’m easy with it. My job doesn’t change. I still need to win a football match which I’m aware of. I’ll be taking full responsibility for the team’s performance and we’ll win tomorrow.
“You just deal with it because it’s part and parcel of the job. If you don’t win games and you come under pressure and someone else gets linked to your job.
“I’ve been linked with a lot of jobs myself, I can’t stop myself being linked and I can’t stop, while I’m sitting in the seat, other people being linked.”
“It’s obviously a transition period. I am proud to be Aston Villa manager,” he added. “We will need Villa Park bouncing tomorrow. We need the help of the fans. We will get through it.”
On his squad’s fitness ahead of the clash with Swansea, Sherwood said: “Everyone is fit. There are a few who haven’t done as much training as we would’ve liked so will have to assess whether they’re going to be ready but it’s all quiet in the treatment room.”