Sherwood has done well to help transform the performances of Aston Villa and get them into a good position in the Premier League, with a six-point gap established above the bottom three as things stand.
“It’s hard to focus on just one thing – He’s given us more of a free licence to get forward and not to be overly concerned on the opposition, but to work on our strengths and what we’re good at and getting people forward into attacking positions,” said Given.
Villa have always had plenty of potential and pace in attack, but former manager Paul Lambert didn’t find a way to get the most out of it.
Sherwood quickly realised that he could capitalise on the pace the side have as well as the talent in midfield in order to get the ball forward quickly and into the feet of in-form striker Christian Benteke.
Managers can sometimes overanalyse their opposition, rather than focusing on the problems they can create for other teams, but Given feels the majority of Sherwood’s focus is on how Villa can exploit the strengths they have.
It’s easier for players to attack and focus on getting their noses in front during big games when they’re not afraid of the consequences if they slip up and make a mistake.
Sherwood is a fair, positive and forward thinking manager who will always stress the benefits of his team rather than his worries about the opposition. It’s worked well so far and is a good philosophy for him to adopt at Villa Park.