Agbonlahor: People don't realise the impact returning coaches have had on Villa's squad

Gabriel Agbonlahor

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has piled praise onto two key decisions made by manager Tim Sherwood.

Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has explained on the club’s website the sort of impact Stiliyan Petrov has had since he returned to the club, along with Kevin MacDonald.

Villa manager Tim Sherwood recently revealed that Petrov was returning to the club in a coaching role with the first team and Agbonlahor has suggested he’s taken to the new role and the responsibility well.

“I kept in touch with him throughout his illness and I'm happy for him,” said Agbonlahor.

“He has great banter and he gives good feedback to the players. He is someone who has done everything in the game.”

“People don't realise what Kevin MacDonald and Tony McAndrew have done for this club.”

Sherwood is a positive manager and one of the biggest changes he’s looked to make is creating a feeling of positivity around the club.

Petrov and MacDonald both have the obvious experience of Aston Villa’s identity and they are popular figures so they command those levels of respect, with anything they tell the current squad worth listening to.

Villa are under a lot of pressure because they are by no means away from danger near the bottom of the table.

Sherwood needs help in terms of fine tuning various areas of the side to ensure that the team goes into each game stronger and has a better chance of increasing that gap over the bottom three places in the table.

It’s encouraging that everyone shares a joke and spirits are high but it’s back to business as soon as Villa’s squad is back together after the international break with the aim of beating Manchester United.

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