Sherwood said: “I don’t think they can throw in the towel. If they string two or three games together, maybe back-to-back wins, all of a sudden the complexion of that table changes. They have to believe they can do it. Some of the teams above them are in free fall.”
Sherwood, who was in charge of Villa at the start of this season, wants to see the players and head coach Remi Garde retain their belief that survival can be secured.
If the throw in the towel they are giving up, and the former manager is confident that two or three wins in a row will change the complexion of the division in Villa’s favour.
What Sherwood says is true, but his statement that they can still survive is surprising.
Villa are eight points behind 19th placed Newcastle, who are joint on points with Norwich and Sunderland; the latter are in the final safe spot in the table.
The three wins that Sherwood wants would get them back in the mix, and make survival possible, but it is impossible to see where those wins will come from.
Garde’s men are shockingly out-of-form at the moment, and there are almost no redeemable factors from any of their games.
Mathematically, Villa can still survive. But judging on a season’s worth of performances, the Midlands club should already be preparing for the Championship.