BIRMINGHAM: Aston Villa have appointed Tim Sherwood as managerial successor to Paul Lambert who was sacked in midweek.

The 46-year-old has been linked with a string of jobs since half a season in charge of Tottenham last year.

A statement on Villa’s website read: “Aston Villa Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Sherwood as our new manager.

“Tim, 46, joins after a long and successful coaching career with Tottenham, culminating in a short but successful period as manager, and has agreed a contract that will see him take charge until the end of season 2017-18.”

Lambert had signed a new contract extension in September last year, shortly after a 1-0 win over Liverpool took Villa to second place in the table.

But Villa’s season soon collapsed including a dismal run of 659 minutes without a Premier League goal which ended in a defeat to Chelsea earlier this month.

Nevertheless Villa chiefs showed every sign of resisting the growing unrest among Villa fans and keeping faith in the Scot until their plunge into the relegation zone after Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at Hull.