Villa have started to build some momentum under their new boss following back-to-back wins against West Brom and Cleverley has revealed what has impressed him most about the new gaffer.
“As a man he's approachable and easy to talk to - he's a good guy. He's fitted right in here,” said Cleverley.
“Football-wise, we know exactly what he wants from us - Everyone likes to see that enthusiasm and energy on the sidelines and in training. I certainly do.”
It’s important for any manager to be approachable, especially at a massive club like Aston Villa.
Had Sherwood come in and looked to shake things up with an intimidating presence, it could have had a counter effect and put players on edge heading into important games.
The enthusiasm is also encouraging and easily explainable. Villa have been up against it for most of the season, with their confidence knocked on an almost daily basis because of the negative results over the majority of the season.
Sherwood has to find a way to get some positivity into the mentality of players and staff to keep chins up, which makes results in big games more achievable.
The hard work hasn’t finished and Sherwood still has plenty of work to do to pull the side further clear of the bottom three and then ensure that the side is never in the same position again.