Micah Richards explains his initial reaction when Sherwood got the Villa job

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

The Aston Villa skipper has been discussing his manager.

Aston Villa captain Micah Richards has revealed he was convinced Tim Sherwood would succeed at Villa Park even before he joined the Midlands side, according to Sport Magazine.

Indeed, the 27-year-old's initial reaction to news of Sherwood joining Villa was a positive one, with the defender then going on to move to the club himself this summer.

Having worked with the likes of Roberto Mancini, Fabio Capello and more, the Aston Villa defender has experienced life under some high-profile managers. But Sherwood is right up there with them, he says.

Richards told Sport: "When he got the job at Villa I thought to myself he’d do well and he will. It’s going to be hard - I’m not saying it’s not - but if he gets time then for sure he’ll do well because he knows what he wants.

"He’s right up there with the best managers I’ve worked with especially with how he approaches the game and his passion. But you know what football’s like - you need results. That’s what we will all be judged on and so me and the boys are working hard to do that - not just for us but for him as well."

Sherwood will no doubt be flattered by the praise but the Aston Villa boss shouldn't get too complacent. He was the perfect man to come in at Villa Park as he was the antidote to Paul Lambert's ultra-defensive tendencies.

What Sherwood has to do, though, is what a number of Premier League managers also need to - and that's work on his tactics.

Some of his selections have been criticised in the past and pundits asked questions of his inability to defend a 2-0 lead against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon. The Villa boss goes gung ho as a default setting, adding a new weapon to his armoury would certainly help.

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