Tim Sherwood stresses importance of game with Swansea
Tim Sherwood has told Aston Villa's struggling stars they must prepare for one of the biggest games of their lives.
The under-fire boss has underlined the importance of Saturday's visit of Swansea as he fights for his job.
Villa have not won in the Barclays Premier League since the opening day of the season and are four points from the safety line.
Speculation has continued to surround Sherwood's position with Villa winning just one point from their last eight games and the manager knows it is becoming make or break.
He said: "I am telling the players it's a must-win because we need to win a game sooner or later.
"This is a cup final. Forget Wembley last season, this is a cup final.
"It isn't a bigger game in my mind, it's the next one, but it is a massive game, not only for me but for them as well.
"They all want to be Premier League footballers and this club needs to be in the Premier League. I know we will be and they need to know we will be.
"They will only do that by winning games and getting that confidence."
Sherwood has insisted he does not need any public backing from the board at Villa despite David Moyes being linked to his job.
And when asked whether he would ever quit Sherwood said he would only consider leaving if he was unhappy.
He said: "I would always say that. Whenever I'm not happy with the situation, and I'm not happy in my job of work, then I would, 100 per cent. Not now.
"If I can take what I've taken over the last few months and still be happy, that tells you a lot.
"I've taken the brunt of this football club over the last few months, everything that everyone wants to throw at it - negatives - it's been on my head.
"That's my job as a manager to take that responsibility. I'm not in the background, am I? I'm the manager, I get paid to stand at the front and take it on the chin and that's what I'm doing."