Gray feels Sherwood is a positive appointment as the club’s manager, but he’s warned the club’s players not to fall into the trap of thinking Sherwood will be light on them over the rest of the season.
“If they thought Roy Keane was bad then they’d better get ready because Tim will demand every single little thing from them,” said Gray.
Sherwood has already had a positive impact on the club, giving an inspirational half-time team talk to the side during their FA Cup win against Leicester City last weekend.
The FA Cup does represent the chance to get a place in a game at Wembley but the main priority for the club this season is staying in the Premier League.
Villa are currently in the bottom three on goal difference and Sherwood’s first challenge is to get points on the board and improve the morale running through the team.
Villa are currently on a run of five straight defeats in the league, which has seen them plummet down the table.
While Sherwood could put an arm around some players in the first team, the better approach could be to get into some key players, demanding more from them in big games.
The defence needs to be more resilient, the midfield needs to be aggressive and support the attack and the forwards have to be all over the opposition like a rash.
Improvements in all key areas and Villa could soon be moving in the right direction.