Cowans explains mentality Sherwood will want to create at Aston Villa

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Aston Villa legend Gordon Cowans has described Tim Sherwood as having a strong, winning mentality.

Aston Villa legend Gordon Cowans has described to the Birmingham Mail the sort of mentality Tim Sherwood will try and develop at the club.

Sherwood has been confirmed as Villa’s new manager following the Paul Lambert era and Cowans, who played with Sherwood at Blackburn Rovers, has stressed the winning mentality he will try and establish at the club.

“Tim was always a winner, whether it was training or in the games. Everything he did he did properly and worked hard,” said Cowans.

“He wants people getting forward, he likes people taking risks, he’s not afraid to go and get at teams and have a right go at them.”

The comments are encouraging because there has been evidence of a lack of confidence in Aston Villa’s recent performances.

If the team can string some wins together, the positive belief within the squad will start to grow.

Wins create momentum and will convince the players that the methods they are working on every day in training are working and moving the side towards Premier League consolidation and safety.

The comments are also encouraging because they suggest Sherwood will be firm with any players who don’t fit in with his positive thinking and the mentality he wants to drill into the club.

Any unmotivated players who don’t buy into his philosophy could find themselves with an uphill challenge in terms of getting back into the team.

Aston Villa take on Stoke City this weekend and a win might be enough to help them out of the bottom three.

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