Tim Sherwood is a curious character.
The retired midfielder, before he was appointed the manager of Tottenham in 2013, was being spoken about by some in the game - *cough* Harry Redknapp *cough* - as a potential managerial genius.
But unfortunately for Spurs, ‘Tactics Tim’ as he became known, wasn’t the next Pep Guardiola.
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Sherwood was sacked by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, despite his 50 per cent win ratio, and then had a crack at managing Aston Villa.
In fairness to the one-time England international, he didn’t do a bad job at Villa Park. Leading the now-Championship club to the 2014-15 FA Cup final was a pretty remarkable feat, looking back at it.
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But Sherwood was sacked the second time in his managerial career in October 2015 after suffering six defeats on the bounce.
Sherwood is now Swindon's 'director of football'
The 47-year-old hasn’t worked in management since but he was appointed as the director of football at struggling League One side Swindon Town last week.
The club’s chairman Lee Power said that Sherwood will: "head up all aspects, including transfers, the way we play, the formations and the picking of the team.”
This comment raised eyebrows. Surely Sherwood is effectively now the manager, given his day-to-day involvement?
Well, no. Luke Williams remains the team’s head coach and told BBC Sport this week that he’s happy to learn from his new colleague.
"There is no time for babies, egos or people feeling too proud," Williams, 35, told BBC Points West. "I don't have a problem with the situation. We're all very secure men, we're not easily offended. We recognise it is a team approach.
"I'm going to use this opportunity to try to learn and strengthen myself.
"It's a huge compliment to me that somebody of this level would come in and still feel the value of having me at the football club.
"Now I'm being able to work with somebody who has won the Premier League, managed Tottenham and Aston Villa - there aren't many bigger names to learn from."
Sherwood basically took over against Eastleigh
However, you’d never have guessed that Williams was the team’s head coach based on the footage from Tuesday night’s FA Cup clash between Swindon and non-league Eastleigh.
Sherwood was patrolling the touchline, barking out instructions and looking ever inch the team’s manager.
William, meanwhile, was left playing a peripheral role.
You can’t blame him, really. Swindon slumped to a humiliating 3-1 defeat and find themselves out of the FA Cup already.
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