Tim Sherwood has told the Birmingham Mail that he is not surprised that Aston Villa have struggled over the early stages of the season.
Sherwood brought in 10 outfield players at Villa, in a summer of upheaval at the Midlands club, and the new additions have not settled in well.
Most of the Claret and Blues additions came from abroad, with very few having any experience of playing in the Premier League.
And Sherwood said to the Birmingham Mail: “We realised when we went down this route to bring in these development players from a different country in large quantities that you’re rolling the dice somewhat.
“I’m happy to be in the driving seat. We can only control the future now. We’re not surprised we’re in this position. It comes as a disappointment certainly.
“I’m not used to losing this many games. But we’re working on getting things right on the training ground and that will continue.”
Sherwood's statement about it not surprising him that Villa are in the relegation zone, appears rather contradictory to the one he made soon after taking over at the club.
During the 2014/15 campaign, Sherwood promised Villa supporters in the Daily Mail that they would not be in a battle against the drop again.
However, unless there is a drastic improvement in his side's performances then a long season looks on the cards.
Sherwood's side have failed to register a Premier League win since the very first match of the season, and face Stoke City this weekend, fully aware of their need for three points.