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Tim Sherwood appointed as new Aston Villa manager

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Aston Villa have announced that Tim Sherwood has been appointed as their new manager until the end of the 2017-18 season.

Sherwood, 46, had been heavily linked with the Queens Park Rangers role following the departure of Harry Redknapp last week, but Chris Ramsey was appointed QPR manager on Friday until the end of the 2014-15 season.

The former Tottenham midfielder most recently coached Spurs last season, and will take over the Villa Park role vacated by Paul Lambert, who was sacked on Thursday.

Sherwood told Villa's official website: "It is a great honour to manage one of the biggest clubs in English football.

"I can't wait to get started and I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

Villa chairman Randy Lerner said: "While being forever conscious of the frustrations that we all suffer, we feel that a change that offers a positive, fresh approach will be very good for the club.

"I know that Tom and many others at Villa worked very hard to recruit Tim in the face of severely limited time constraints and pounding pressure.

"More importantly, I know further that internally we remain focused and committed to challenges we face, and I am deeply appreciative for that."

Tom Fox, Villa chief executive, said: "Randy and I are really pleased that Tim has decided to join the club. 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."