Sherwood ultra confident of Aston Villa survival bid

Tim Sherwood insists he will have ‘no problem’ in keeping Aston Villa in the Premier League, despite their current standing.

A 2-0 defeat at Hull City last week saw the Midlands giants plunged into the relegation zone, which in turn finally led to Randy Lerner issuing a P45 to Paul Lambert. Sherwood was immediately installed as favourite to succeed the Scot, and the former Tottenham Hotspur manager has since been confirmed as the new Villa boss on a contract designed to keep him there until 2019.

The 46-year-old was in attendance at his new club as they beat Leicester City 2-1 at Villa Park on Sunday, ensuring their passage into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Whilst this means they are now just one match away from appearing at Wembley Stadium, it is clear that the priority remains avoiding a drop into the Championship, something Sherwood is confident of achieving.

“I was very encouraged, and they did very well,” Sherwood told Sky Sports News HQ after seeing Leandro Bacuna and Scott Sinclair notch against the Foxes. “It becomes a habit, winning. They did well today, a lot of desire, a lot of energy and I’m very impressed. We’ll be fine, no problem. [My aim is] winning as many games as we can to stay in that division, that’s it.”

Although this result will not go down as Sherwood’s first match in charge of the club, he did pop into the dressing room at half-time when the score was goalless. First team coach Scott Marshall revealed: “He came in and made a couple of points to the lads. He was there and there was good information to the group, there’s a football knowledge there which comes with a lifetime in the game.”

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