Paul McGrath: How Tim Sherwood makes Aston Villa's players feel special

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Former Aston Villa defender Paul McGrath has explained what Tim Sherwood does to make his key men feel special at Villa Park.

Former Aston Villa defender Paul McGrath explained to talkSPORT what he feels is one of the most impressive things about Tim Sherwood at his old club.

McGrath has been left impressed by the way Sherwood has man managed his squad, getting the very best out of Villa’s key players.

“He’s one of those people, if you’re in his team he will put his arm around you and make you feel special,” he said.

“He’s one of the lads. He knows how to speak to them and individually his man management is good.”

Sherwood deserves credit for creating a positive culture at Aston Villa, which has allowed the spread of a positive mentality, which was lacking under Paul Lambert.

He’s got several key players dancing to his tune such as Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor in attack, while the defence has just secured an important clean sheet in the game against his old side, Tottenham, last weekend.

McGrath seems to feel that Sherwood makes himself relatable to the key men in the Aston Villa squad, which will make it easier for him to approach their key players while they can approach him.

He’s a likeable person who is very honest and upfront in the face of some difficult problems and a massive situation at Villa Park and he’ll be popular because he’s made training a good place to be again, as well as making the stadium a fun place for fans to visit again.

Villa now have a six point cushion above the bottom three and an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to this weekend, which could only add to the confidence and belief in the current squad.

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