Villa looked flat in the FA Cup final last weekend but Sherwood remains upbeat as he looks ahead to pre-season and he doesn’t expect his squad to let the disappointment of defeat at the hands of Arsenal get the better of the team.
“Absolutely. We can all be mates and it’s all jolly, patting each other on the back, when we win. That’s easy. I don’t think we have a problem with the desire of the group. It was good the energy they put in, I just think it was a lack of quality,” he said.
Villa needed to show a lot of desire towards the end of the last Premier League season because there was real pressure hanging over the head of the club.
They needed passion, desire and commitment in abundance to help themselves get out of trouble because there was the very realistic threat of relegation into the Championship.
Sherwood’s instincts are probably telling him to get involved, speak to his squad and look at ways for the side to improve.
However, he may be better off leaving everyone to their own thoughts as they head off for summer breaks, before everyone comes together and looks to move forward when pre-season swings into action.
This Aston Villa side have been very committed in terms of achieving the right results under Sherwood’s guidance and a couple of bad results at the back end of a difficult season doesn’t change that.