Sherwood has an infectious enthusiasm, which is noted as one of the main reasons he’s been able to have an impact at the club since he was drafted in to replace former manager Paul Lambert.
However, he’s admitted that it’s not been easy to simply manage the squad, describing the ability to give players confidence as the key task.
“Confidence is everything in sport. It’s very hard to find when you’re not doing well – You have to not only be a manager but a psychologist at times, you have to tell them not to worry about losing a game of football, just go and express yourself,” he said.
The problem with Villa when Sherwood took over is that confidence was very low because the team had suffered some bad defeats, with awful performances under Lambert.
The way Sherwood changed things was to play on the key qualities and skill that he saw in the team.
Aston Villa have some very positive natural assets such as the presence of Christian Benteke, the pace of Gabby Agbonlahor and the leadership that centre back Ron Vlaar supplies at the back of the team.
Villa were playing with a wary attitude, but it wasn’t working so a change had to happen somewhere to prevent the club from being doomed and confined to the Championship.
The freedom Sherwood has created works well because fans will always back the team as long as they see them trying and long may it continue.