Collymore comments on Sherwood at Villa, calls for players to step up

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has called on the club's players to step up and support Tim Sherwood.

Former Aston Villa star Stan Collymore has been quoted by the Aston Villa website urging caution in relation to manager Tim Sherwood.

Collymore is a firm believer that Sherwood is the right man for the job at Villa Park but has stressed that the players need to step up and support him.

“I reckon Tim is the right man to take charge for what is going to be a very tough run-in,” said Collymore.

“Sherwood has promised that he will be offering everyone the chance to impress him - and it's up to the players to give that extra 10 per cent to keep us in the world's toughest league.”

Sherwood is a hands on coach and he’ll be looking at ways to get confidence back into his team after defeat against Stoke City last weekend.

The players have to respond because they’re under heavy pressure at the moment and the manager can only do so much.

He’ll step in to try and take the pressure away from his players, but it’s important the players show extra spirit and extra determination in big games, which can make all the difference.

If a player gets a chance, he can show the manager why he deserves to be in the team and also improve his standing with fans by performing at a vital stage of Villa’s season and possibly, their history.

If they respond to their latest defeat in positive fashion, it will speak volumes of Sherwood’s man management skills.

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