Villa recently announced that Stiliyan Petrov would be returning to the club to work as a first team coach, allowing one of the club’s most popular sons to have an impact with the club he represented before illness ended his career.
“The door is always open – I think it’s important that a club with the stature of Villa should always open their doors to legends ,” said Sherwood.
“That should always be the case, if I feel they can add something then I’ll add them to the staff.”
What’s important and most positive about Sherwood’s comments is that they are so open ended.
Villa aren’t confined in terms of who they could approach and who could approach them in terms of a former player looking to help out his old side.
Experience is anything, especially for a very young manager just in the early stages of his career at the club.
Petrov for example, will understand more about the identity and history of the club because his association with Villa runs for longer. Kevin MacDonald is another very good example.
It will be interesting to see if former players returning becomes a trend for Sherwood and he needs to try and get the balance right between former players and progressive coaches who may be more in touch with modern methods.
However, few can argue with Sherwood’s positive start at the club and if former players coming back prolongs that, long may it continue.