This weekend Tim Sherwood was officially appointed as the new manager of Aston Villa, following Paul Lambert’s sacking on Wednesday.
The former Tottenham Hotspur boss has signed a contract at Villa Park until the summer of 2018, giving him plenty of time to turn things around at a club that is currently 18th in the Premier League, with just 22 points from 25 matches and without a win in the league for 10 games.
In short, Sherwood has some work to do, but former player turned Match of the Day host Gary Lineker believes the 46-year-old can succeed, depending on one crucial factor.
Writing on Twitter shortly after the news was announced, Lineker said, “Wish him well, but he’ll need the owner’s enthusiasm to match his own.”
That owner is of course Randy Lerner, and if the American gives Sherwood the support and, most importantly, the funds to rebuild this Villa side, there is no reason they cannot get back to their best.
After all, Sherwood will no doubt feel he has unfinished business in the Premier League, after leaving Tottenham earlier than some felt was fair.
He impressed at White Hart Lane, and now he has a job for the long-term he will want to show what he can do over a few campaigns and not just a single season.
But Lerner, in his own way, will be just as vital behind the scenes as Sherwood will be having stepped back into the spotlight.
Tim Sherwood is the new manager of Aston Villa. Wish him well, but he'll need the owner's enthusiasm to match his own.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 14, 2015