Andy Gray explains why he feels sorry for Tim Sherwood

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Former Aston Villa forward Andy Gray has explained why he feels for the club's current gaffer Tim Sherwood.

Former Aston Villa striker Andy Gray told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT why he feels sorry for the club’s manager Tim Sherwood.

Gray has explained that he doesn’t know which direction Sherwood will turn in after losing Fabian Delph to Manchester City, with another key player set to leave in Christian Benteke, according to the BBC.

The return of the Premier League is bearing down on Sherwood and Aston Villa, with Gray suggesting that his former employers are under real pressure.

“It’s a shocking way to start the season. I really feel sorry for Tim Sherwood because it’s totally out of his hands,” he told talkSPORT.

“He’s got three weeks to go until the start of the Premier League and he’s lost his best player in Delph and his best centre forward – I don’t know where he goes but it can only get better, surely.”

Sherwood needs a little support

Sherwood now needs to see a little support from a variety of different sources.

He needs support from the club because he’s under pressure to sign replacements for key positions in the side to try and prevent a difficult start to the season, which will create throwbacks to the struggles the team endured in the last campaign.

He needs the support of his players and he needs to know that no one else is about to jump ship so close to the start of the season.

It’s always going to be difficult for any manager to produce his very best if he doesn’t have collective confidence in all of his players.

Finally, he needs some support from the fans who are likely to empathise with the frustrations that he’ll be experiencing.

Hopefully the fans can get right behind the side and inspire them to a good start.

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