After months of being the initial favourite for every available managerial position in the Premier League, Tim Sherwood has finally landed a job, with Aston Villa’s club shop set to sell out of gilets in the coming weeks.
His brief stint at Tottenham Hotspur create as many doubters as admirers, but there are several characteristics Sherwood showed in his time at Spurs which will be welcome in the Midlands.
If you expect the Villans to celebrate their new appointment with an FA Cup win over Leicester, the hosts are available at 6/4, while the Foxes are 7/5 to triumph.
Ensure youngsters like Jack Grealish will get a first-team chance
As it was as Spurs, part of Sherwood’s remit at Villa will undoubtedly be to get more young blood into the first team, something the fans are keen to see.
In north London, he promoted Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb, now both enjoying excellent seasons in the Premier League.
Paul Lambert was criticised for overlooking some of the young talent at his disposal, Grealish in particular, and Villa fans will likely be delighted by their new boss’ attitude towards youth.
The former Spurs boss will get the Villans scoring, at any cost
The stats speak for themselves. Aston Villa have scored one goal in their past eight Premier League games, and just 12 in 25 this term.
The story was a little similar when Sherwood took over at Spurs last season, as the Lilywhites were stodgy going forward under his predecessor Andre Villas-Boas.
The Englishman changed things rapidly at Spurs by throwing caution to the wind and playing two strikers in a gung-ho 4-4-2 formation. Even if results don’t improve, Villa fans should have a few more goals to cheer.
Sherwood knows how to work the press in his favour
The new Villa boss might be a tad naive when it comes to the tactical side of management, but Sherwood already looks a master of the press room, steering the media in his favour like a youthful Harry Redknapp.
As a young English manager who favours the basics of the game, Sherwood has plenty of natural support in the press, and his exuberant interviews should liven up Villa Park even before a ball is kicked.