Villa are preparing for a huge FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley against Liverpool, but the club’s priority this season is survival in the Premier League.
Performances have improved since Sherwood came in to replace former Villa boss Paul Lambert and a large part of the turnaround relates to the fear culture that the current manager has removed from Villa Park.
“I’m glad everyone is noticing that there is no problem with spirit. I mentioned it when I first came here that there’s not been any problem with heart and desire – we just lack a bit of quality – I just want them not to be afraid of losing,” said Sherwood.
There was a lack of confidence in the players and a lack of confidence from the fans and Sherwood has tried to turn that round by focusing on positive qualities.
Any set of supporters of any club can take a disappointing defeat, as long as they’re seeing passion and commitment from their team on the pitch.
Sherwood is trying to make Villa fans proud of the side and the club and he’s doing that by encouraging his players to fight and making them unafraid to take risks during big games.
Villa currently have a six point cushion in the league and if they force their way into the FA Cup final, a dismal season when Sherwood took over could finish with a very impressive shine.