Shay Given on the most impressive trait of Tim Sherwood's management style

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has praised Tim Sherwood's managerial ability.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has told the club's official website that the whole team have been impressed by Tim Sherwood.

Sherwood only took charge at Villa back in February, succeeding the ousted Paul Lambert, but he has already made a positive impact and Given says the entire team have embraced his approach.

Sherwood has given the team greater freedom to express themselves, and Given feels the former Tottenham Hotspur head coach is getting the best out of his squad.

"All the players have been impressed with how positive he's been since he's walked in the door," he said.

"He's given everyone a new lease of life, a belief and confidence in their own ability. He's given us a licence to go out and express ourselves.

"Yes, he shows respect for the opposition, but he doesn't fear anyone. He wants us to have that belief that we are a good team with very good players. I think the group has responded to that and the results speak for themselves, really."

Since Sherwood inherited the reins at Villa they have been a side transformed, with their attacking quality on full display.

Under Lambert the Midlands outfit had struggled going forward, but they are now posing a threat to the top sides in the division and have an FA Cup final date to look forward to.

Christian Benteke's form up front has given them a focal point to their attack, and Sherwood has built his team around the Belgian striker's burly frame.

It seems to have worked, with Villa having beaten the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool during Sherwood's brief time at the helm.

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