Steven Gerrard is “too HONEST”, claims former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood as he says “wearing your heart on your sleeve takes its toll” and could cost him his job ahead of the must-win trip to Leicester City
- Tim Sherwood thinks Steven Gerrard’s honesty could prove to be his downfall
- Aston Villa are currently 17th in the Premier League after just one win of the season
- Villa now face a mandatory trip to bottom side Leicester City on Saturday
Former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has warned Steven Gerrard that his honesty could ultimately prove his downfall.
Villa currently lie 17th in the Premier League after just one win this season under Gerrard, who took charge last November on a contract until 2025.
The former Liverpool captain has spoken out publicly when his performances weren’t up to par and wasn’t afraid to make bold decisions like stripping Tyrone Mings of the captaincy.
Aston Villa are currently 17th in the Premier League after just one win this season
Former boss Tim Sherwood believes Steven Gerrard being “too honest” could cost him his job
But with numerous key players out of shape for Villa, former boss Sherwood believes Gerrard needs to start playing games with the media rather than putting further unwanted pressure on his job.
“When Stevie (Gerrard) came into the club I was really taken with him. He’s authentic, always speaks the truth and I’m amazed at the start they’ve made,” Sherwood told The Mirror.
“He’s honest on camera, almost too honest at times, it doesn’t pay to be too honest (with the media).
Sherwood thinks Gerrard needs to start playing with the media instead of pressuring it
“But that’s the direction he wants to go, I’ve done the same, always worn my heart on my sleeve. But in the end it takes its toll and you end up losing your job.
“He’s trying to take the pressure off the players but if you do that the pressure will come to you.”
Gerrard’s cause was not helped by a new £26million Brazilian defender, Diego Carlos, who has been ruled out for months in just his second appearance with a torn Achilles tendon that required surgery.
Villa were not helped when £26million defender Diego Carlos was ruled out for months
Sherwood added: “I think the squad has imbalances and Diego Carlos’ injury didn’t help, he’s a big loss.
“Big decisions have been made this season and Tyrone Mings has been removed from the captaincy for John McGinn – it was a strange decision from the outside.
“But you never know what happened internally at the club.”
Villa was praised for beating Premier League champions Manchester City in a 1-1 draw last weekend to end a run of three straight defeats.
They now face a mandatory trip to bottom side Leicester on Saturday as they attempt to move away from the relegation zone.