Despite having little top flight management experience, Tim Sherwood has exploded on to the Premier League scene.
The former Spurs boss is working on saving Aston Villa from relegation and looking forward to a FA Cup date at Wembley.
At the age of 46, Sherwood is one of the youngest Premier League managers in the business and West Ham chief Sam Allardyce believes he should get more credit.
Allardyce said: “He’s learning his job as he goes along. Sometimes you may make a mistake in the early days of management and you have to learn from it.
“Overall what he’s doing at Aston Villa seems to have rekindled a new energy into the club. It’s not about the tactics and methods it's about how you handle the players.
“Coaching is only a small part of being a manager. It’s about motivating the team and getting the confidence back in the players. Even though Villa are not out of trouble Tim seems to have done a good job.”
His future, however, remains in doubt.
Allardyce praised Sherwood for the handling of the difficult situation – adding that his honesty was “refreshing”.
“If Villa are sold by Randy Lerner then Tim won’t know where his future will be,” said Allardyce. “Sherwood probably knew that before he went to Villa.
“Dealing with the media is another big job for him. You have to live and learn and the more he gets used to experiencing dealing with the media then the better he’ll become.
“If he’s speaking his mind then that’s quite refreshing. Sometimes you have to be controversial just to distract from the players. It’s one tactic we all use when we manage at this level.”
Sherwood will be looking to add his first win as manager against the Hammers on Saturday after West Ham beat his Spurs side on two occasions after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.