Sherwood guided Villa into an FA Cup final alongside their improved fortunes in the Premier League, which gives fans something to shout about over the rest of the season.
“He’s the sort of manager who will always be honest – The problem with Lambert was that he asked fans not to believe the truth in their eyes – My only worry with him (Sherwood) is that sometimes he talks a bit too much,” said Mortimer.
Sherwood is a very popular character because of the way he speaks with the media and the enthusiastic way that he comes across as a manager.
He gives that energy to his players and it suggests that he’s always looking for a positive and productive way to develop and affect the players at his disposal.
He speaks his mind and he’s very honest with Aston Villa supporters, but some may feel that his approach with the media sometimes invites pressure onto himself and the club.
He also ruffles feathers, but it’s difficult to judge where he’s put a foot wrong at Villa Park since he replaced Paul Lambert earlier this season.
In terms of the negative messages coming across from Sherwood in the media, as long as it’s confined to mind games and trying to get beneath the skin of the opposition, that’s fine.
Few expected Villa to get the better of Liverpool yesterday and Sherwood now has the chance to become an instant legend at his new club if they get the better of Arsenal at the end of May.