Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has aimed a cheeky dig at his former club Tottenham Hotspur over the way his exit from White Hart Lane at the end of last season was handled.
The 46-year-old had a brief stint in charge of the north London side for the second half of last season, but was replaced in the summer by Mauricio Pochettino, who left Southampton to take over at Tottenham this year.
Sherwood now claims Spurs behaved incorrectly as they approached new managers to replace him, insisting to him at the time that they were not making formal offers to anyone else, while managerial candidates themselves revealed they had spoken to club officials.
Now in charge of Villa, it seems the former Tottenham man still as a bit of a grudge to bear against his old employers, according to quotes from the man himself in the Daily Mirror.
Asked about Spurs’ handling of the situation, he said: “It is not protocol. It is not what is done. But it is not up to the manager to make the decision, it is up to the club.
“Tottenham denied they made any contact with managers, but the managers were publicly coming out and saying they were being contacted. Someone was telling porkies.”