Arsenal legend Ian Wright has been singing the praises of Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood in The Sun.
Sherwood was appointed the Villa boss in the middle of February, and after suffering defeats in his first two games, he has now won his last three.
The Villans defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Villa Park in the Premier League at the start of March, and then beat the Baggies 2-0 just four days later in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Then on Saturday, Villa registered a 4-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in what was arguably their best performance of the season.
Former Arsenal striker Wright has been impressed with what Sherwood has done at Villa so far and wrote in The Sun: “Sherwood vowed to take off the shackles and play on the front foot. If they were going down, at least they were going to go down fighting.
“But I’m sure not even he could have hoped it would go as well as it has — and Saturday’s win at Sunderland took it to new levels.
“Four goals up at the break, a free-flowing style, scoring for fun and an FA Cup semi-final around the corner.
“Those who say he’s a late runner for Manager of the Year are stretching the point. But he’s certainly put a smile back on Villa fans’ faces after six months of misery.”
It is still early days at Villa, but the team’s recent performances and the increase in confidence suggest that they can avoid the drop to the Championship at the end of the season.
At the moment, the Villans are 16th in the Premier League table with 28 points from 29 matches, three points above the relegation zone.
Villa are playing attacking football and are scoring goals once again, something they had struggled to do under sacked-manager Paul Lambert throughout the campaign.
With the likes of Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, Burnley and Sunderland struggling for points at the moment, Villa certainly have a good chance of retaining their Premier League status for next season.