Tim Sherwood caused something of a stir last week when he was confirmed as Swindon Town’s new Director of Football.
The former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss has made no secret of his desire to return to management, so so take a role upstairs, at a League One club, was something of a surprise.
However, from the second he began speaking in his new role it was obvious he considers himself as Swindon’s manager, with current boss Luke Williams receiving a subtle demotion in the new regime.
As if to add further evidence to this theory, Sherwood made his debut on the Swindon dugout during their FA Cup first round replay at home to non-league Eastleigh on Tuesday.
With the home side falling behind early on, Sherwood (who isn’t the manager remember, he just happens to be in charge of transfers and picking the team) moved to the Swindon bench, two seats away from a markedly unimpressed Williams.
— Alex Savage (@MonsieurSavage) November 15, 2016
At one point, Sherwood even marched out on to the touchline to berate the struggling players (but is still totally not the manager).
Unfortunately for Sherwood, his intervention did not have the desired effect and Swindon succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.
Upon hearing that Sherwood had reverted to type less than a fortnight into his new job, Twitter was out in force to stick the boot in:
? Tim Sherwood on joining Swindon: “Hopefully we can take the club in the right direction.”
Swindon 1-3 Eastleigh ? pic.twitter.com/jHUC2JQ4wQ
— bet365 (@bet365) November 15, 2016
”NOOOOO, MY WIN RATIO!!!”https://t.co/vFSlsAPkw9
— Coral (@Coral) November 15, 2016
Tim Sherwood is basically treating Swindon Town like the Football Manager game in which you can’t be arsed to sort out the training.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) November 12, 2016
Find it hard to believe Tim Sherwood would undermine the manager of the football club who employed him.
— James Maw (@JamesMawFFT) November 15, 2016
As a DoF, Johan Cruyff once humiliated Beenhakker at Ajax by taking over bench mid-match. His changes worked. Tim Sherwood is no Cruyff… https://t.co/AN7vocIjIl
— Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) November 15, 2016
It took Tim Sherwood 1 game as director of football to undermine the manager at Swindon but he’s English and a triffic lad so it’s okay
— Nick Ottman (@nick_ottman) November 15, 2016
Pretty sure if a foreign DoF came pitch side, Tim Sherwood would be on Talksport by 8am saying it’s not how we do things in England
— Alastair Campbell (@alastair10) November 15, 2016
Tim Sherwood assumes managerial duties at Swindon mid-game and England relinquish a 2-0 lead. When a butterfly flaps its wings…
— Matthew Stanger (@MatthewStanger) November 15, 2016
Wait… wait a minute… that’s Tim Sherwood’s music!!! https://t.co/x5z3Nzp6Ab
— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) November 15, 2016
Tim Sherwood’s Luke Williams’ side will have a chance to atone for their FA Cup exit with a trip to Rochdale in League One this weekend.
Assuming he even still has a job by then.