Pat Heard suggests what Tim Sherwood is experiencing for first time in managerial career

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Former Aston Villa player Pat Heard has suggested that Tim Sherwood has been challenged in a big way.

Former Aston Villa player Pat Heard told talkSPORT feels the club’s manager Tim Sherwood is experiencing a challenge for the first time this summer.

Heard has suggested this is the first period since Sherwood became a manager where he’s been seriously tested in terms of the transfer market, with a need to improve key positions and build a new team with the return of the Premier League now under two weeks away.

Heard was speaking when quizzed on the radio station over the impact for Sherwood of midfielder Fabian Delph and striker Christian Benteke, not being part of his squad for the new season.

“This is his first summer where he’s had to take pre-season and buy players and build a team that he wants to build – This is new for Tim Sherwood, dealing with players who want to leave his football club as well as trying to bring some players in,” he told talkSPORT.

Is Sherwood up to the challenge?

Despite the fact Sherwood had the wool pulled over his eyes with regards to Delph’s decision to go off to Manchester City, Aston Villa fans should feel confident that he’ll get things right before the start of the season.

Sherwood will firstly want to assess the current situation in his squad because it’s understandable that he may be a little nervous about other players heading off before the end of the transfer window.

He is a very positive manager and someone who will always look at the positives rather than the negatives, which have been created around Villa Park.

With key players leaving, the boss should have a decent cash injection for new players and he’ll always remind players contracted to the club and any new signings, that Aston Villa are one of the biggest clubs in the country.

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