According to a report in the Daily Mail, the Aston Villa board are growing increasingly concerned at the dwindling level of morale within the playing squad.
Villa have made an awful start to the season, and have won just once in their opening eight Premier League matches.
As a result, Tim Sherwood is said to be falling under mounting pressure as manager, with the Villa board starting to doubt his suitability for the role.
Sherwood and the Villa hierarchy have already - according to the Daily Mail - had differences over their transfer policy, but the low morale in the team is now becoming a concern.
The Claret and Blues' squad have shown signs of fragile confidence over the campaign so far, and there is apparently a worry that Sherwood is not keeping spirits high enough in the camp.
If there are worries in the Villa fold, then a glance at the fixture list is unlikely to calm the nerves of the players.
Sherwood's side have matches against Chelsea, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Everton coming up in the Premier League, meaning they will have to upset the odds if they are to turn their season around.