Sherwood has done a good job at Villa Park since replacing Paul Lambert earlier this season, but has explained why he’s found it challenging to get his message across.
“It’s hard to put your own stamp on it because you’re in the middle of the season and you haven’t got time to breathe. I’m just tweaking it here and there – If we can avoid silly goals at crucial times, we’ll be all right,” said Sherwood.
Sherwood’s personality has allowed him to create a positive culture at the club, drilling belief into his players that they can turn things around and build on something productive over the course of the summer.
He was drafted in by the club to initially do the job of keeping the side up and he’s improved those chances considerably when things looked gloomy during the Lambert era.
Should Villa remain a Premier League club beyond this season, Sherwood will then have more time and opportunity to work on things over the summer, with the aim for next season different than when he first arrived at the club.
Villa have the infrastructure of a team, which should be competing in the top half of the table, but there’s no point in Sherwood trying to structure things towards that aim when his only target for the moment is safety.
Sherwood hasn’t been helped in relation to the defence by injury problems, but he’s getting key players back and hopefully the side can finish the season with plenty of positive momentum behind them.