Collymore asked Sherwood about his management style and the current chief at Villa Park gave a very black and white answer.
“So when I spoke to Tim, I asked him: "What are you like as a manager?" He said: "I give one or two a little tickle, and one or two a smack around the head,"” Wrote Collymore.
“I think that sort of simple approach from a manager creates an environment in which you just need to impart a few clear, simple instructions to the players.”
The challenge for Sherwood is finding the right balance between being a passive and aggressive coach.
The pressure and stakes are as high as they’re ever going to get at Villa, which makes it understandable why the boss might rip into players when they produce a blow par performance.
However, the risk of beating players with a stick is that the confidence and belief that Sherwood has created around the club could disintegrate.
That would undo all of the positive work, which has been created under Sherwood so far.
It comes down to common sense for Sherwood and his ability to step in and make a message clear if he sees a player drifting away from the expectations and qualities that he expects at the club.
It’s all about results at Villa for the rest of the season and staying up. Once that’s been achieved, Sherwood can go to work on developing a stronger philosophy over a longer period at Villa Park.