Mortimer, who had a very brief spell at the club at the start of the 90s, has also praised Sherwood’s straight up nature and the way he tells things as they are, without looking to put a spin on anything.
“I’m not sure what he does, but he gives the young players confidence – as a young player if the manager gives you confidence that you can perform, there is a very good chance that you could play a part in the team and that’s all you want – What he does is exactly what it says on the tin,” he said.
Sherwood is well known for aiding the development of several younger players when he was the manager of Tottenham Hotspur.
Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and others benefited from his guidance and he showed no hesitation in making younger players part of the process at Tottenham.
He’s done the same at Aston Villa, with Jack Grealish one of the most obvious examples.
Grealish was superb in the win against Liverpool last weekend in the FA Cup and a good example of the sort of player Sherwood is looking to develop in his current first team.
Sherwood has realised that Villa are not the wealthiest club and one of the most obvious ways for him to draw on new players is the club’s youth system.
He gives them confidence and gives them a chance, which inspires the next generation of players who are going to form the spine of the team over the next few years.