The Villa boss is reportedly facing the sack if his side fail to beat either Chelsea or Swansea City over the next two games.
Villa currently sit in 18th-place in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chelsea, having taken just four points from their eight games and failed to record a top-flight win since beating Bournemouth 1-0 at Dean Court in their season opener.
The likes of the Daily Mirror have now reported that the former Tottenham Hotspur head coach needs a victory at either Chelsea or from the following clash with Swansea City to avoid the sack but, while he admits that he is under pressure to turn around results, the board has given no word that he working under a two-game ultimatum.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Sherwood said: “I have no understanding of this, no one has spoken to me about two games. I am realistic enough to know that I’m a football manager who needs to win football matches and we haven’t done that. So if you don’t win games as a manager, you get sacked, that’s what happens.
“Every manager has difficult periods, this is my first difficult period, I’ll get through it. I know what I believe in, I’ll take everything on the chin and I’ll just soldier on, and we’ll turn it around. The objective of this season was to stay in the Premier League – 100 per cent we’ll stay in the Premier League this season, I’ve got full belief in that. And then we would have reached our objective.”
Villa brought in 12 new players in the summer, as well as signing ex-Manchester City loanee Scott Sinclair on a permanent basis, and their recruitment process has come under serious examination amid their poor start to the season.
Several reports have claimed that sporting director Hendrik Almstadt and director of scouting and player recruitment Paddy Riley were responsible for the majority of the deals [h/t Daily Mail] but Sherwood insists that he had a sizeable input in remodelling the squad former boss Paul Lambert left him.
“It doesn’t work like that,” he added. “I give them a group of players. It was a long list. There were more than 13, probably 30. They go away and see what is going to be feasible. You don’t always get what you want. But certainly every player who came in is a name I would have cast my eye over. Not a player has come in who I didn’t want.
“It was a case of first, second choices, but in the end you need to get someone in that position to balance out your squad. Not in every case. But in a lot of the cases you take what you can do as a club, whether that is age profile, whether it fits into the philosophy of what the club wants, whether it is finance. You take what you can and I work with it.
“We lost a lot of players last season, three crucial players to how we wanted to play: [Christian] Benteke, Tom Cleverley and Fabian Delph. Very instrumental, proven in the Premier League. It’s a big void to fill. We chose to go for a young group who we could build for the future. I believe we can. We’ve got to stop worrying about what we haven’t got at the football club, and let me decide what we have and what I can work with.”