Aston Villa youngster Lewis Kinsella has told Bedfordshire on Sunday that the Claret and Blues have enjoyed an upturn in form because the whole squad raised their game when Tim Sherwood was appointed.
Villa have won three of their first six games under Sherwood's stewardship, after previously looking well out of sorts, and Kinsella thinks that this is because the entire squad looked to move to another level on the back of Paul Lambert's dismissal.
The youngster says that everyone wanted to impress Sherwood soon after he came in to ensure that they kept their place in the team.
"Villa's change of form was [due to] a new manager coming in and everyone wanted to impress," he said. "It was a fresh start for everyone."
Things have improved considerably under Sherwood so far, but Villa's squad will need to show that they can maintain their form over a sustained period of time if they are to stay in the Premier League this season.
Although they have collected wins more regularly of late, they are still only three points above the drop zone, and that is far too close for comfort.
It is made all the more worrying as when Villa return from the international break, they have a tough game immediately on the horizon.
Sherwood takes his team to Old Trafford this weekend, where they will face an in-form Manchester United side, and it will be a big challenge for Villa to collect any points from that fixture to move themselves further away from the relegation trapdoor.