Clark: Training has been 'great' under Sherwood and MacDonald

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Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has praised the training sessions Tim Sherwood and Kevin MacDonald have so far created at the club.

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has told the club’s website that it’s great to have coaches involved in training, who know the fabric of the football club.

Clark has explained that training sessions have been ‘great’ since Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood decided to bring Kevin MacDonald onto his staff when he was appointed to replace ex-Villa boss Paul Lambert last season.

MacDonald is someone who knows what the Aston Villa shirt means to the supporters and he’s ensured that has come across when the players have gone about training sessions on a daily basis.

“Sessions have been superb with the gaffer and Kev - and it was great to get over the line at the end of the season and retain our status. It was a real relief,” he said.

“It's also great for the age groups further down to have Kev involved here because he has a track record of bringing through and nurturing footballers.”

The intensity has to go up another gear when the Aston Villa squad gets together for pre-season training.

The club did well to get out of trouble under Sherwood, but they didn’t see out the season in positive fashion with defeats in the Premier League and the FA Cup final.

Sherwood and MacDonald will likely be wary of any negativity in the squad as the players go through normal pre-season fitness drills and they need to try and improve the mood of the camp.

One of the best things about Sherwood’s side towards the back end of last season was the way they didn’t play with any fear.

MacDonald is someone who can ensure that mentality stays in place for the new campaign, as well as improving the identity of the team, as Villa look to progress and move forward.

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