Paul Merson explains why Tim Sherwood is 'right man' for Aston Villa

Paul Merson

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Tim Sherwood is a good appointment for Aston Villa.

Aston Villa didn't wait long to replace Paul Lambert, with former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood heading to Villa Park as the new manager.

Sherwood, 46, has been out of work since leaving Spurs at the end of the season, despite links to jobs with Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion.

The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder is now back in the Premier League, and will be charged with the unenviable task of keeping Villa in the top flight this season.

Lambert was sacked on Wednesday, and left Villa in the relegation zone and without a win in ten games, whilst their record of just 12 goals in 25 games is by far the lowest in the top flight.

It's therefore a tough challenge to get Villa kickstarted, but with only 13 games left to play this season, Sherwood really doesn't have time to waste - and starts with the visit of Stoke City last weekend.

The return of Sherwood has set tongues wagging in the media, and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson spoke about his appointment at Villa Park.

Merson played over 100 times for Villa during the late 90's and early 2000's, and believes that Sherwood's work with young players makes him a great appointment for Villa.

"Over a long distance, I think Sherwood is the right man for the job at Villa," Merson told Soccer Saturday. "They haven't got any money at the moment and they're going to have work with young players and Tim doesn't mind throwing younger players into the team, as we saw during his time at Spurs."

"He had a very good record at Tottenham, but he had a lot better quality of player to work with at Spurs than he will have at Aston Villa, believe me on that one. That's where the hard work will come in. Over the distance, I'm glad Tim's come back in and he will give the youngsters the chance. Villa have got a very good academy and I'm sure he'll try to utilise that," he added.

With a 50% win percentage as manager of Spurs, Sherwood achieved decent results as Tottenham boss, whilst his use of youngsters such as Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane earned plenty of plaudits too.

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