Aston Villa boss Sherwood back at Tottenham to prove a point

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

The manager with the best Premier League win percentage of any Tottenham Hotspur boss returns to the club where he was deemed not good enough.

Saturday's visit of Aston Villa to White Hart Lane sees a former son return to the club that rejected him after a promising spell as manager at the back end of the 2013/14 Premier League season.

In 22 games, Tim Sherwood won 13 and only lost six, walking away with a 59% win percentage, which still eclipses that of his successor Mauricio Pochettino, who has only 52% despite still being in with a mathematical chance of Champions League qualification. Sherwood also heralded the squad that Pochettino inherited, a squad that he guided to a sixth-place finish, exactly where Spurs sit now, having spent £35 million adding to that squad.

Sherwood was a victim of Spurs' identity crisis as they sought to hold on to a label as one of the Premier League's 'big' clubs. Chairman Daniel Levy was always likely to want a more eye-catching name in the dugout and Pochettino - after a stunningly successful stint at Southampton - fitted the bill.

46-year-old Sherwood never looked like a permanent fixture in the Spurs dugout and however he had performed, it always seemed like he would be gently brushed aside at the end of the season, and so it proved. Now, the former Spurs midfielder is taking his Aston Villa side to White Hart Lane looking to earn vital points in his bid to steer the Midlands giants away from the drop zone, and gain more justification as a credible Premier League manager while he's at it.

Villa are just three points above QPR, who occupy the final relegation position, and with whom they shared a thrilling 3-3 draw on Tuesday evening, with Villa striker Christian Benteke scoring a hat-trick. Now Sherwood will arrive for Saturday's encounter with renewed fire in his belly, as he seeks to continue his positive impact at Villa Park and prove his critics wrong.

Talking to BBC Sport, Sherwood said: "I knew it would be a tough job at Tottenham and it proved that. But I was very successful, both as a development coach and as a manager. Pochettino took over a really good situation there. We finished on par with where we should have finished. To be able to inherit a group of players of that quality and then have the benefit to strengthen - it was the dream job."

While hiding any bitterness at how Spurs treated him, Sherwood will surely be fully motivated for a fixture which he dare not lose, and will be desperate to win.

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