Tim Sherwood is the new manager of Aston Villa, as club risks top-flight status on unproven boss

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He’s either never been given the proper chance to succeed or way out of his depth, and the correct answer will largely determine whether Aston Villa keeps its status as one of the few Premier League clubs to have never been relegated.

Tim Sherwood has signed a contract to lead Aston Villa through 2018, the club announced Saturday morning. This ought to be interesting.

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Outspoken and supremely confident in his abilities, Sherwood takes over a Villa club in 18th place via goal differential.

Sherwood won 14 of his 28 matches in charge of Tottenham last season, his first as a manager. Despite lobbying for the job, Spurs opted to hire Mauricio Pochettino. That left Sherwood as the man most likely to be named whenever a Premier League job opened up.

He inherits an absolute mess of a side that’s looked downright disinterested in recent weeks. Star striker Christian Benteke has looked like a passenger at times, and goals have been scarce for Villa. They’ve lost five-straight matches, though three-straight against Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal weren’t a recipe for success.

It’s an incredibly risky move for Villa. Sherwood has never been involved in a relegation fight as a player, and has limited experience running a club. Would I want my club to entrust its top-flight status to Sherwood? Nope, but that’s not an issue for me right now. How are you feeling, Villans?