Ray Wilkins reveals Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood’s main strength

Wilkins has been impressed by the former Spurs boss since his appointment last month.

Tim Sherwood was criticised, at times, during his Spurs tenure for various reasons - from his outspoken nature to his tactical decisions - but his man-management skills were always apparent, and his reinvigoration of a dejected Emmanuel Adebayor was particular evidence of this.

Newly appointed assistant manager Ray Wilkins has now revealed the aspect of Sherwood’s management that he finds most impressive, as per the club’s official site.

“You saw Tim work at Tottenham. He was prepared to put young Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason in and leave out expensive players,” said Wilkins.

"I think the great thing about Tim with his management skills is the fact he will play players that are playing well. It doesn't matter if you're 17 or 34. He will pick the best player.”

A manager’s team selection is often the query of intense debate amongst fans but Wilkins feels Sherwood’s mentality means only those who put the work in on the training ground will feature in the match-day squad, adding:

"It is also interesting for supporters to hear what I'm saying. You might turn up and say 'why is he not playing?' Well Tim has seen them all week. That's why he's not playing.”

"He has selected a side of the highest quality he can put out."

Sherwood’s man management skills are set to be tested considerably this summer - with the Christian Benteke saga as yet unresolved - but Villa fans should be confident that the club is in good hands, regardless of the outcome.

The former Spurs boss achieved Premier League survival and an FA Cup final in his first half-season at Villa Park, and with some impressive signings already under his belt this summer, next season could well be his best yet.

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