Tim Sherwood’s frank admission concerning Aston Villa’s chances of qualifying for Europe

Sherwood believes there is a long way to go before Aston Villa can qualify for Europe.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Sherwood has admitted that achieving Europa League qualification through league placing is still a long way off for Aston Villa.

“To qualify from a league position would be fantastic,” the former Tottenham coach said. “It’s one step at a time. The club has struggled in relegation battles for the last four years so for us to go straight into the top six/top seven next season would be a big lift.

“It’s something we’ll strive to do but it’s probably too much of an ask.”

Sherwood has certainly given a frank admission concerning Villa’s chances of a sudden improvement, and it is clear that he understands the work that needs to be put in before the Birmingham-based club start to properly challenge at the top end of the table.

Since Paul Lambert’s arrival as manager, the club have undergone a major revamp and suffered in the Premier League due to it.

They removed him earlier this campaign, and appointed Sherwood, and in his short time at Villa Park he has proven to have had a positive effect.

He secured their Premier League status, and has earned a place in the FA Cup Final, from which, should they win, would bring Europa League qualification.

That would be an impressive end to the season, but getting into Europe through the league is a far tougher prospect.

There are some major deficiencies in Villa’s squad that need addressing this summer, and Sherwood still has yet to prove himself as a manager over a full season.

If he has a strong campaign next year, Sherwood will have built a platform on which Villa can start to progress and move forwards, and maybe in a few years, the former European Cup winners will start to make their mark on Europe again.

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