O’Neill, the current boss of the Republic of Ireland, suggested that there’s little point pushing the player into making a decision over his international future, claiming that Sherwood wants the issue to be settled quickly.
“There’s no point putting pressure on him because it’s a decision he’s going to make eventually – I think Tim Sherwood has said the sooner he makes the decision the better, but he’s very young,” he said.
Sherwood doesn’t seem like the sort of boss who would put unnecessary pressure onto his players and from his point of view, he will simply want the player to focus on his responsibilities for his club.
Sherwood has quickly made Grealish a key part of his side at Villa Park and he will be a vital player for the team looking ahead to next season.
What Sherwood won’t want to happen with regards to Grealish’s mentality, is for any confusion over his international future to affect his performances at club level.
O’Neill has a responsibility to try and create the best squad and team for Ireland, but at the same time he can’t apply pressure to the player, which has a knock on effect for Aston Villa.
Grealish needs to be trusted to make the right decision and to do it in his own time. There is no point in either manager trying to influence him, which could leave a permanent mark in his memory.