Given: Sherwood's hunger extends beyond Premier League survival

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has provided an insight into the mentality of manager Tim Sherwood.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has suggested to talkSPORT that Tim Sherwood’s hunger at the club reaches far beyond the aim of staying in the Premier League.

Sherwood was brought in following Paul Lambert being fired to keep Villa in the Premier League, but Given has hinted that Sherwood is aiming to create something far bigger beyond this season.

“Everything’s really upbeat, everything’s really positive, it’s just his personality, he’s hungry to be successful,” said Given.

“Everyone is enjoying going to work and working under him with his philosophy, which is getting people forward to support the two front guys and getting bodies into the box.”

“I think it’s shown in our recent performances that we’re upbeat and we’re really up for the coming fixtures.

Villa saw a decent run of form under Sherwood ended before the international break, when the team were beaten 1-0 by a well disciplined Swansea City side.

Sherwood has been challenged to try and make sure that there isn’t a dip in the mentality of the side, with a need to react positively next weekend in the game against Manchester United.

Villa need to secure their Premier League safety as quickly as possible then the boss can start to think about how he’s going to change things in the transfer market looking ahead to next season.

The success that Sherwood apparently craves can be alleviated slightly with the side standing a good chance of FA Cup success, but the priority is always going to be the league this season and beyond because of how important it’s become to the infrastructure of any club.

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