Stuart Pearce warns Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood about potential squad issue

The Villains currently sit third from bottom after a poor start to the season.

Stuart Pearce has highlighted unrest amongst the squad as the main issue Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has to be wary of, in light of recent speculation over his future.

The former England international feels the growing media coverage of the Villains’ struggles and the potential consequences for Sherwood will have those on the outskirts of the first-team causing potential issues.

“The worst thing about it (the speculation) is that the Villa players will be reading it,” said Pearce on ‘Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast’ on talkSPORT this morning (aired at 08:56).

“Not those that are in the team – they’re solid citizens, they’re happy being picked – it’s the fringe ones and at any Premier League club these days you’ve probably got more out then in the team.

“(The problem is) keeping everyone’s mentality nice and rock solid for what you’re trying to achieve over the long haul,” he added.

Unrest from within a squad generally arise when those on the fringes aren’t being picked despite poor results on the pitch.

Sherwood has been fairly liberal in his use of rotation this season and the bulk of the squad will feel like they have been given a fair crack of the whip so unrest shouldn't be an immediate concern.

As quickly as the narrative surrounding Sherwood has turned negative, it will just as quickly go the other way should his team get a result at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

The Blues are in disarray and have managed just one win at the Bridge this season, giving Villa every incentive and every chance of causing an upset when they arrive in London.

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