The pair, who left Tottenham on the same day in 2003, are former team-mates.
Now he has also received praise from a former team-mate at Tottenham Hotspur, a player well known for being a flop at White Hart Lane.
Sergei Rebrov was in England this week. The Ukrainian is now the manager at Dynamo Kiev, who took on Everton in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday. Before the game, which Dynamo lost 2-1, he mentioned his former team-mate. The London Evening Standard quotes him as saying:
"I'm also very pleased for my good friend Tim Sherwood, who is doing a good job as Aston Villa manager."
Rebrov was signed by Spurs for a whopping £11 million back in May 2000, as reported by The Guardian. At the time that was a club record fee, but he scored just 15 goals in his two unmemorable years at White Hart Lane.
Interestingly enough he and the Aston Villa boss both left Tottenham as players on the same day. Sherwood joined Portsmouth and Rebrov headed to Fenerbahce on the 30th January 2003.
Rebrov is certainly proving his coaching credentials with Kiev and Sherwood will be pleased to have the backing of an old mate in his new role at Aston Villa.