Sherwood has wasted no time making changes as manager to try and ensure a positive and progressive mentality at all levels as the club fights to avoid relegation down to the Championship this season.
“I love the fact that he's moved the U21s to train on the pitch next to us,” said Cole.
“You're there training and one of the senior players gets a knock and has to pull out of training and you get called over and are thrown in.”
“It's an old method that's gone out of the game and got a little lost but it's been brought back here.”
One of the main ways for any younger player to get stronger and to get better is playing and training alongside a more experienced group of players.
Any under-21 player thrown into a first team training session is instantly going to pick up his performance levels and play with that extra spring in his step.
As a result, the first team stars have to be on their guard because they won’t want to be embarrassed by a younger player coming up through the ranks.
Sherwood is a very clever manager in the way that he gets his players to produce something extra within themselves whether that’s in training or in a match.
He plays on a variety of things as he looks to get the most out of his squad and it bodes well if he’s planning a very long career at Villa Park.
Hopefully the positive effects will be evident for the rest of the campaign.