Villa have started the season in dreadful form, and Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT that Tim Sherwood will be telling his players to remain positive despite their frequent off-pitch issues.
Parlour said: “Tim will be saying that to his players - ‘we’ve got to be positive. It might take us a scrappy goal to win us a game.’”
Despite being renowned for his motivational management style, Sherwood has struggled to keep any sense of positivity around Villa Park this season.
The Midlands club have picked up just one point since the opening day victory over Bournemouth, and although performances have been impressive in spells - the first 30 minutes against Manchester United, the start against Leicester - all too often the players are collapsing mentally - and results are being thrown away.
Sherwood used his motivational style of management last year to keep Villa in the Premier League, although doubts came about when he failed to get his players up for the FA Cup Final - which they ended up losing to Arsenal.
This season, the doubts have increased as the season has drawn on, and even though Parlour’s advice is wise, it is hard to imagine it having an effect upon the Villa squad.
The Midlands side have an incredibly tough run of games coming up after the international break, and it is hard to figure out where the next points are coming from.
Sherwood needs to ensure he keeps his players enthused despite a likely losing run, and these coming months will be a great test of his management abilities, coming so early in his career as a head coach.