Stan Collymore has revealed in the Bleacher Report what Shay Given told him about Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood last week.
“I talked to him (Sherwood) on the phone last week, and I have to admit that with his enthusiasm and his cockiness, he really is incredibly persuasive,” former Villa striker Collymore wrote in the Bleacher Report.
“As a footballer in the dressing room, as much as the tactical side is important, when you are in a relegation situation the key thing is confidence.
“I spoke to goalkeeper Shay Given after the previous game against West Brom, and he had told me how the gaffer hadn’t been happy at half-time—Given said the chalk board went flying, one or true home truths were mentioned. And that’s when they were winning, and playing quite well!”
Collymore was referring to Villa’s Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park in the Premier League last week.
The Villans were leading 1-0 at half time at Villa Park, and went on to win the contest 2-1. Since then, Villa have won both of their games - 2-0 against West Brom at home in the FA Cup quarter-finals and 4-0 away at Sunderland in the league.
It seems that Sherwood can be tough on the players when he thinks it is appropriate, and it is having an effect.
Villa are fighting for survival in the Premier League, and the players who are not performing need to be told so in no uncertain terms.
Sherwood is known to be outspoken and can often come across as stubborn, but he is the man who has been entrusted with the job of keeping the Villans in the Premier League.