After experiencing Tim Sherwood’s first training sessions, Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood has told the Daily Mirror that he is adamant the former Tottenham Hotspur boss is the man to save the club from the drop.
Villa plummeted into the relegation zone for the first time this season following last week’s 2-0 defeat at Hull, with a dismal run of just two wins in 21 Premier League games leading to the departure of the beleaguered Paul Lambert.
The incoming Sherwood now has 13 fixtures to stave off relegation, but Westwood admits that his arrival has already given the squad a new spring in their step ahead of the weekend’s visit of Stoke.
“Training was electric and it is down to the gaffer to pick the team,” he said.
“Training was sharp, the lads were on it, if we carry that forward we will be fine. It has been good - the lads are all up for it.
“The gaffer has played at the top so hopefully he can give some good tips over.
“You can see that the way he is around the place, he is a strong character and I think that is going to be good for the team.”
Sherwood helped inspire Villa into the FA Cup’s quarter-finals with his half-time team talk against Leicester on the weekend before even taking charge, with the club now hosting Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion in the last eight on March 7.
It will be their second straight meeting with the Baggies following a league clash at Villa Park earlier in the week, and Westwood is relishing the chance to down their neighbours in back-to-back fixtures.
“The atmosphere should be electric, that is what we want to bring to Villa Park now,” he said. “We have a good chance but I am sure they will fancy their chances as well.”