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Tim Sherwood wants rid of Aston Villa's 'losing mentality'

Tim Sherwood: Aston Villa manager
Image: Tim Sherwood issues directions during an Aston Villa training session

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has revealed one of his main aims ahead of the new Premier League season is to change the mentality at the club.

Sherwood oversaw the club's escape from relegation last season after taking over in February, although they eventually finished just one place above the drop zone in 17th after losing their last two league games, including a 6-1 thrashing by Southampton.

Villa also reached the FA Cup final, which they lost 4-0 to Arsenal, and Sherwood is now looking for a positive attitude in his first full campaign in charge.

He said: "I said in the latter stages of last season that there is, unfortunately, a losing mentality in the dressing room at Aston Villa.

"It is something we need to get rid of. It would help by bringing in new players who are used to winning and, also, it is for my staff to instil into them that it is a clean sheet. Everyone is on a level playing field and we need to move forward.

"It needs to hurt the players as much as it hurts me to lose football matches."

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Villa have added to their squad this summer by signing defender Micah Richards on a free transfer from Manchester City and Sherwood believes the Premier League and FA Cup winner brings the champion spirit he wants.

Sherwood said: "He is a winner. He is a Premier League champion at a great age and is hungry for success.

"What he brings more than anything is a winning mentality."

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