Tim Sherwood was appointed manager of Aston Villa on Saturday and handed the enormous task of saving the historic club from relegation.
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As Villa sit 18th on the table and in desperate need of results, the new manager made it clear who is in charge of the club’s survival.
“I’m the headmaster now.”
Those were the words from Tim Sherwood as he spoke on his plans as the boss at Villa Park, commanding the attention and respect of both the players and supporters.
One key thing that has been plaguing Aston Villa all season long, according to Sherwood, is confidence. A lack of confidence can be seen in the statistics, as Villa’s anemic offense has only managed 12 goals through 25 league matches.
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Sherwood believes one thing can help combat this lack of confidence, and that’s shooting straight with his players.
One thing I can guarantee, if I’m going to be guilty of something it will be being honest.
If they do well they will be told, if they don’t do well they will also be told and told why. You have to be constructive.
You have to talk to them. Some people might have played well and need to be patted on the back.
Some people need a kick up the backside at the right time and I need to be that person to be able to do that.”
The player who needs the biggest kick up the backside would be Christian Benteke, who was a top-five scorer in the league just two seasons ago. However, the big Belgian has struggled to regain his form, scoring only three times in all competitions this year.
If Benteke can get back on the scoresheet more consistently, Aston Villa become a completely different team. Sherwood will have to find the spark for his young star, as both the player and coach’s futures are on the line during this final stretch of games.