Tottenham academy coach backs Tim Sherwood for vacant Aston Villa hotseat

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Academy coach Bradley Allen believes Sherwood is perfect for the Villans survival quest.

Aston Villa relieved Paul Lambert of his managerial duties at the club earlier this week, leaving a gaping hole in their management department for the rest of the season.

One man who has been linked with taking over the role, as he is with nearly every vacancy these days, is former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood.

Now he has received the backing of a former Tottenham employee. Bradley Allen, brother of Tottenham hero Clive and current academy coach at Spurs, has backed Sherwood to be a hit at Villa Park should they take the plunge and employ him.

He told BBC Sport: "This would be a real challenge for Tim but he wouldn't be fazed by it. He is a confident guy who believes in his own ability.

"Aston Villa is a club that is steeped in tradition.

"Tim would certainly believe he could get them out of it. He did a tremendous job at Tottenham and people have seen that."

Sherwood's record at Tottenham was certainly impressive. In his short time at the club he also demonstrated excellent man-management expertise. He got the best out of the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor. He also brought in young players such as Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb, to great reward.

However, he also rubbed plenty of people up the wrong way. His public criticisms of the players were condemned by many and in the end he was simply not likeable enough to become the manager permanently.

However, that could be just what Villa need right now. An attacking manager with a ruthless attitude, it spells goals, no? Something the Villa fans have been desperate for all season.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch