Stiliyan Petrov explains why Aston Villa players and fans will love Tim Sherwood

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Stiliyan Petrov speaks highly of former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood, who is currently in charge of Aston Villa.

Stiliyan Petrov has been singing the praises of Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood on the club’s official website.

Sherwood was appointed the Villa boss last month following the departure of Paul Lambert.

The former Tottenham Hotspur manager lost his first two games in charge of the Villans, but on Tuesday Villa defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at home.

The victory at Villa Park saw the Villans move out of the relegation zone and go three points clear of the bottom three.

Confidence is now high among the players, and newly-appointed Villa first-team coach and former midfielder Petrov has explained why Sherwood will keep the team up.

"Tim is a very good appointment,” the Bulgarian told Villa’s official website. "You can see he will give the players a lift. He is a lively guy…

"But he knows, in the league, it's an important 10 games. For him now, it's not about the flair. It's about winning games. He knows that. I think the fans will love him and I think the players will play well under him.

"He's excited - and very friendly. Sometimes you see managers who keep their distance from players. He likes to be part of it and know what's happening. These boys will love working under him.”

Sherwood has indeed lifted the mood at Villa Park, and he seems to have the confidence of the players.

The team’s performances have improved slightly in the last three games, with the players showing more desire and fighting spirit.

The 46-year-old can be a divisive figure, though, as his public criticism of players at Tottenham last season did not go down too well.

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