Villa academy chief reveals gesture Sherwood made to youngsters before first game

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Aston Villa's academy manager has commented on the way Tim Sherwood spent time with the club's youngsters before his first game at Villa Park.

Aston Villa’s academy manager Sean Kimberley explained to the club’s website the gesture Tim Sherwood made before his first game in charge at Villa Park, which left a lasting impression on him.

Sherwood’s career at Villa Park didn’t get off to the best start with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City, but the former Spurs boss wasted no time showing an interest in all levels of the club and not just the first team.

“I remember in his first game at Villa Park as manager - he made a point of saying hello to the young lads who were on duty at the game,” said Kimberley.

“He was asking their names and where they played. That says a lot about him. Despite all the pressure of being boss for the first time, he had the presence of mind to do a small thing like that.”

It was a simple but clever gesture for Sherwood to make, which would have had an inspirational impact on the young players in question.

He has to try and inspire the next generation of the club’s youngsters, showing them that he cares deeply about them, while also juggling his first team responsibilities which will naturally be his main priority.

Sherwood is all about being positive and adopting a stance as a manager who encourages individuals rather than having favourites or focusing on niche areas.

Hopefully the youngsters looking to progress through the youth system and those looking to break into the first team next season will have the inspiration of the Premier League and the beneficial feeling of the club having won the FA Cup to fall back on.

However, if Villa are a Championship club next season and get knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool, Sherwood’s approach won’t change.

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