Ian Wright claims Sherwood is sending confusing message to Aston Villa squad

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Ian Wright believes Tim Sherwood is to blame for some of Aston Villa's problems.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has told The Sun that the attitude from Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is currently affecting his players - and not in a good way.

Villa spent most of the summer bringing in new signings having lost Tom Cleverley, Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, but those departures are certainly being felt.

With just one win to Villa's name this season - which came on the opening day of the season against Bournemouth - Villa are struggling in the bottom three of the Premier League table, and lost yet again last weekend with a 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City.

The pressure is now mounting on Sherwood, with some Villa fans already wanting to see the former Spurs boss replaced due to their torrid start to the season.

Now, former Arsenal hero Ian Wright has told The Sun that Sherwood's negative demeanour is currently hurting the Villa squad - and their performances show that the Villa boss is transmitting his attitude on to the pitch, citing that Villa's players must be confused by the message he is sending.

"I think that the manager...if I was one of his players, I don't know what message I'd be getting from him," said Wright. "He looks surly and upset, and he looks a little bit tetchy and he's got the hump. I think that is transmitting to the players," he added.

After the international break, Villa face crisis club Chelsea, and Sherwood certainly needs a result to ease the pressure on him - but it's fair to say that in post-match press conferences recently, Sherwood has been spiky and downbeat, meaning Wright's assertion may not be far from the truth.

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