Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood's latest hire receives plaudits from goalkeeper Brad Guzan

Benteke Scores Past Brad Guzan

The American has been hugely impressed with new goalkeeping coach Tony Parks' initial impact.

Brad Guzan has told Aston Villa’s official website that he believes new goalkeeping coach Tony Parks is the ideal fit for the club ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United.

Parks, a former keeper for Tottenham Hotspur, joined Tim Sherwood’s backroom staff from Norwich earlier this week, having worked with the new manager at Spurs between 2008 and 2014.

He has since been getting straight into preparing the club’s goalkeeping contingent for the weekend’s clash at St James’ Park, and Guzan has been more than impressed with his initial impact.

"When you have a change of manager, new staff come in and we have a new goalkeeping coach and fortunately for us it's somebody whose resume speaks for itself,” he said.

"Shay [Given], Jed [Steer] and I have been able to go and speak to him and he's open to hearing what we have to say as senior pros and I think that's important as you have to have a good relationship.

"When you have someone that's been so well respected - as a player and as a coach - it makes for an easy transition and one we're looking forward to."

Following Sherwood’s appointment, it had been mooted that the ex-Tottenham boss could look to hand the club’s number one job to former Blackburn Rovers teammate Given, after the veteran put in a man of the match performance in the 2-1 FA Cup fifth-round win over Leicester.

Guzan looks set to continue in the role, however, after keeping his spot for last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Stoke, but the US international appreciates the work his teammate puts in to fight for his place, even as he nears 39.

“It's about experience and you look at guys like Brad Friedel who are still playing and these guys are well into their forties,” he added. "Playing is the best thing in the world and when you look after yourself you give your body an opportunity to keep playing.”

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