Is Aston Villa's Sherwood-inspired turnaround about to taste sweeter?

Aston Villa

Three straight wins, an FA Cup semi-final and four goals away from home in 45 minutes, but Tim Sherwood's Villa revolution might have an extra twist.

Following on from the League and Cup double over West Brom and Saturday's first half 4-0 demolition of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light - courtesy of a brace apiece from Gabby Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke - news emerged at the weekend that Villa owner Randy Lerner is in "delicate" negotiations with an interested but unnamed party over a £150 million takeover of the club, as reported by the Telegraph.

It is an open secret that the US entrepreneur has been willing to invite offers for the Barclays Premier League club since the summer of 2014, but amid scarce interest the club has remained in limbo and on-pitch fortunes have suffered as a result. Now Lerner has reportedly been approached by a credible buyer and is seeking a return on the £62.6 million investment he made in buying the former European Cup winners in 2006.

The 2014-15 season has seen the Midlands giants treading water once again, and chief executive Tom Fox - appointed by Lerner in August 2014 - finally sacked manager Paul Lambert in February and appointed former interim Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood to pick up their flagging season. So far results have been encouraging but the club still remain just three precious points above the drop zone.

Now the Telegraph reports that negotiations are at an advanced stage for a potential takeover, but that nothing will be completed until the summer when Villa's status is confirmed, as this will significantly affect the value of the club, and hence Lerner's selling price. It is thought, however, that the interested party - who have signed a non-disclosure agreement to protect their identities - would be happy to follow through with their bid for the club, regardless of which division it is in.

For now, Sherwood and his rejuvenated squad must put ownership talk to one side as they continue to scramble away from the relegation trapdoor. With tough away trips to Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City among the next four league games, Villa must cement their resurgence with a result at home to Swansea next Saturday. Sherwood must also keep his players' minds away from an FA Cup semi-final against as-yet-unknown opponents, with Liverpool and Blackburn not replaying until April 8.

However, the 46-year-old boss claims he knew of the takeover distractions when he came to the club and also feels he can keep his players focussed on each game, and is quoted as saying in the Telegraph report:  “I’ve got no fears about coming into a club up for sale. Every club in the world is up for sale at the right price.

“All I need to worry about is winning games. I can’t look beyond the end of the season.”

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