Jamie Redknapp offers his opinion on Tim Sherwood's start at Aston Villa

Jamie Redknapp believes Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has made an excellent start at the club.

Jamie Redknapp has praised the job that Tim Sherwood has done at Aston Villa since taking charge on Sky Sports.

Sherwood only took over at Villa back in February, but he has already transformed the fortunes of the club - guiding them to the FA Cup final and moving them away from the Premier League drop zone.

It has been an encouraging start from the 46-year-old, and Redknapp believes that Sherwood deserves a lot of credit for galvanising the squad.

"I played with Tim for England and Tottenham and he’s someone I get on with, so it’s great to see him doing well and having an impact at Villa," he said.

"In a similar job to what he did at Tottenham, he’s been parachuted in and raised the spirits at the club and got some of their key men – Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph, Ron Vlaar – on his side and playing with confidence and belief.

"He’s still nervous because Leicester are in great form and Villa are only four points clear. While the FA Cup final, in his words, is a bonus, his remit is to keep Villa in the Premier League and that is his priority."

Villa had looked in real danger of getting relegated under the stewardship of previous boss Paul Lambert, but Sherwood has found a way of maximising the quality that they have in their squad.

The Claret and Blues have beaten the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in recent fixtures and now appear to be one of the most dangerous teams in the Premier League.

It means that they will face Manchester City this weekend high on confidence and looking to secure a positive result at the Etihad Stadium.

City have been in poor form throughout 2015 and will have to raise their performance levels considerably if they are to get past a rapidly improving Villa side.

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