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Sherwood’s candid style perfect for Aston Villa rescue mission

| 12.02.2015

Aston Villa are hunting for a new manager to lead them away from serious trouble near the bottom of the Premier League table and the frontrunner for the post rates a fine choice.

Tim Sherwood is the 4/6 favourite to move into Paul Lambert’s vacated Villa Park office and the divisive figure could be tailor made for Villa’s requirement.

Passionate, forthright and unafraid to ruffle some plumage, Sherwood collected admirers and detractors in fairly equal measures when handed the Tottenham reigns last season.

Whatever Spurs fans or the media en masse made of Sherwood’s shoot-from-the-hip style, the one thing the former Blackburn midfielder achieved at White Hart Lane which Villa need above all else, is immediately improving results on the pitch.

Although Spurs tore up Sherwood’s 18-month contract after he failed to guide the Lilywhites into the top four, his December appointment had an instantly galvanising effect.

Having won just two of their previous Premier League games under his predecessor Andre Villas-Boas, Sherwood oversaw seven wins from Spurs’ next ten top-flight fixtures.

The north Londoners scored at least twice in six of those seven victories, so given Villa’s current plight is intrinsically linked to their inability to find the net, the market leader may well be best placed to remedy such a crippling ailment.

It can be reasoned that the attacking personnel at his disposal at Spurs were of a higher level than at Villa Park, but the squad Sherwood inherits ironically features plenty of talent in that department – not least former Tottenham target Christian Benteke.

Where Lambert has failed miserably to extract the best out of the Belgian or indeed any of his squad generally, Sherwood’s rallying powers are just what the doctor ordered right now.

Telling a few underperforming Villa stars what needs to happen won’t be a problem on all available evidence.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.