Tim Sherwood: Aston Villa will not be in a relegation battle

Aston Villa are currently positioned in 18th place in the Premier League table.

Tim Sherwood has told the Birmingham Mail that he is confident Aston Villa will be able to avoid a relegation battle this season.

The Claret and Blues are currently in the bottom three, having failed to win since the first game of the season, but Sherwood is not unduly concerned.

The 46-year-old manager believes that his team will start to come good soon, and he wants them to respond to the pressure that their poor start has put them under. 

"I know the job comes with pressure - that's part and parcel of it. I'll stand up as manager and the players must stand up as players," he said. 

"It's my job with the group of players we have to make sure we get up the league.

"It's too early to put us in a relegation battle. It's not what we wanted for the return of points. We're a young group, a new group. I'm confident we'll be okay."

Sherwood will be hoping that once all of his new recruits settle in at Villa Park that there will be a noticeable up-turn in their performances.

The Villans snapped up 10 outfield players during the summer transfer window, but very few of them had experience of playing in English football. 

As a result, Villa have looked like a team in transition so far, with their performance within games being patchy. Sherwood's side have shown flashes of class, but they have failed to piece together a 90-minute display. 

Villa's next game comes against Stoke City this weekend, and they will be determined to pick up the three points to try and relieve some of the pressure on them. 

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