Tim Sherwood has admitted that Aston Villa are in a 'dog fight' at his press conference today, with the realisation of the task he has taken on starting to sink in.
Sherwood took charge at Villa earlier this month and is beginning to come to terms with the demands of his new job.
Villa are currently in 19th position in the Premier League table and Sherwood is under no illusions as the pressure his side find themselves under.
"We’ve won five games all season but reality has to kick in. We are in a dog fight," he admitted to the Daily Mail. "I’m learning all the time. I’m trying to pick up the strengths and weaknesses of the players and working out how to get the best out of them."
Sherwood lost his first game in charge against Stoke City last weekend, when the Potters came from behind to claim three points at Villa Park.
It was a performance which encapsulated in 90 minutes all the problems that Villa have suffered throughout the 2014/15 campaign so far.
The Villans lacked a cutting edge throughout and were carved open too easily for both goals.
It was a result which heaps the pressure on the Midlands side and unless Sherwood can somehow galvanise the team, the future looks bleak for Villa.
The Claret and Blue have never been relegated from the Premier League, but it looks a distinct possibility this term and Sherwood is learning quickly just how serious the situation at the club is.