Aston Villa have appointed former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood as the new man to lead the club. The immediate job for the former Crystal Palace man will be to get the club out of relegation trouble. Villa slipped into the drop zone after a 2-0 defeat against Hull City.

This defeat also led to the departure of manager Paul Lambert, who came to the club two years ago. Lambert was never accepted by the Villa supporters after they were unhappy with the style of football at the club. The defensive tactics, though, did not lead to great results as the club finished in the 15th place for two consecutive seasons.

Villa will no longer be aiming for a top-10 finish this campaign, but it is priority number one for Sherwood to get the club out of relegation trouble. Even though they are in the process only on basis of goal difference, Sherwood will be aware that this poor form has the potential to become more dangerous to the club. Relegation will be a very major blow to Villa owner Randy Lerner’s thoughts of finding a new buyer for the club. Sherwood will be focusing on getting players like Senderos back from the sidelines.

“Tim had a fantastic career at Tottenham, not only in his brief spell as first-team manager but, just as importantly, in the role he played in developing young talent.We are determined to build a football operation with a long-term vision and a commitment to youth development.We strongly believe Tim has the qualities to get the best out of our current squad and help us build and develop for the future,” said Aston Villa chief executive, Tom Fox. “It is a great honour to manage one of the biggest clubs in English football,” said Sherwood upon his arrival.