Sherwood gives honest assessment of Aston Villa's survival chances

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Tim Sherwood has admitted that Villa are still not safe from relegation.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Sherwood has admitted that, although Villa have momentum, they are still not safe from a potential relegation.

“I still believe no-one is out of it,” the former Spurs boss said. “You just need to string a few results together and everything looks brighter.

“But it’s not done yet. We realise that. Yes, we’ve taken a massive step and we can look forward to Wembley now, but there’s still a way to go.”

It is an honest assessment from the head coach, who has sparked something of a mini-revival since taking charge at Villa Park, and one that he will be hoping to overcome by leading the club to safety.

Under Paul Lambert, the Birmingham-based side showed little attacking potency and work ethic, and Sherwood has come in to great effect to change that.

He has taken charge of nine matches so far, winning four, and scoring an impressive 14 goals. He has also led the club past West Brom into the FA Cup semi-finals, and on current form it is hard to say that they will not put up a challenge to overcome Liverpool in the search for the Final.

Yet, the Premier League table is set as it is, and there are only six points separating Villa from the relegation places. Admittedly, there are two teams underneath Villa who are closer to the bottom three, but considering the closeness of the division, it is impossible to claim anyone is yet safe from the drop to the Championship.

Sherwood has come in and done a fairly strong job, but he is wise to accept that there is some major work that still needs doing to guarantee Villa’s top flight status.

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