Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has been hired by Birmingham-based club Aston Villa as its new boss. He takes over from former manager Paul Lambert who was sacked three days earlier once the team fell into the English Premier League relegation zone. Sherwood managed at White Hart Lane for five months last season in his first posting as a manager. He has come to terms with Villa on a contract until the completion of the 2017/18 campaign.
Randy Lerner, the owner of Aston Villa stated to the media, “While being forever conscious of the frustrations that we all suffer, we feel that a change that offers a positive, fresh approach will be very good for the club.” Villa claimed that the 46-year-old Sherwood was “one of English football’s most highly sought-after managers,” and several clubs were interested in acquiring his services since leaving Tottenham in May.
Sherwood said, “It is a great honour to manage one of the biggest clubs in English football.” Villa fell into 18th place in the league a week ago after dropping a 2-0 decision to Hull City. It was their fifth consecutive loss and their 10th match without a win. Lambert was sacked shortly after the loss to Hull and Sherwood took over for Villa’s FA Cup match against Leicester City on Feb. 15th. Villa managed to win that match 2-1 at home at Villa Park. The main concern for Sherwood is getting the club out of its scoring drought.
After 25 league contests the side has just 12 goals, which is the lowest ever in the Premier League after 25 games and the lowest of all 92 professional football clubs in the country. Sherwood led Spurs to a sixth-place finish last season and now has to dig Villa out of the relegation zone. The Birmingham club has never been relegated from the league since it was launched in 1992. Sherwood played with Blackburn in the Premier League as a central midfielder and won the league crown with the club. He then worked with Spurs’ coaching staff for five years.