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Birmingham Mail: Jores Okore has insisted it was vital for Aston Villa to end their goalscoring drought so they can approach the next batch of fixtures under considerably less pressure. The Danish defender scored his first goal in England to end Villa's toothless 11-hour dry spell in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. Villa's run of six league games without a goal was the worst sequence in the club's history. Sadly, Okore's effort wasn't enough to lift them away from the relegation fold and tomorrow Villa travel to Hull City for the start of a vital period in their season. Okore believes they can build on the performance against Chelsea and is determined to use the display as a catalyst for the times ahead. "I was really happy to score my first goal for the club," he said. "It was a great feeling. "It is a couple of years since I last scored a goal and when you score you get a positive energy that you can use on the pitch." When you don't score it can become frustrating."

HereistheCity: Despite the defeat to Chelsea, goalscorer Jores Okore believes Aston Villa showed enough about them to be positive for the coming set of fixtures. After stepping up to end Aston Villa's 11-hour scoring drought at the weekend, Jores Okore has told the Birmingham Mail that his first strike for the club will prove the spark which helps turn around their recent poor run of form. Okore, 22, opened his claret and blue account in the 48th-minute against Chelsea with a powerful header from Carles Gil's cross to end a run which had seen Paul Lambert' side go a club-record six league games without a goal. While his effort failed to inspire a shock result, as goals either side of half-time from Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic saw the visitors prevail 2-1, the Danish centre-back believes Villa can build on an encouraging performance against the league leaders to launch themselves up the table over the coming weeks. "I was really happy to score my first goal for the club," he said. "It is a couple of years since I last scored a goal and when you score you get a positive energy that you can use on the pitch. "When you don't score it can become frustrating. At least now we can forget about that and avoid any more frustration. "That's the really nice thing but, most importantly, we showed we can compete with Chelsea."

FourFourTwo: Hull City host fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Tuesday night chasing a win that would move them out of the Premier League relegation zone. Both teams put dismal recent form behind them to put in spirited displays against title chasers Chelsea and Manchester City at the weekend. An injury-time free-kick from James Milner rescued a 1-1 draw for Manuel Pellegrini's defending champions against Hull after David Meyler stunned the Etihad Stadium with a first-half opener. Jores Okore ended Villa's 659-minute goal drought with a second-half equaliser against Chelsea before a superb strike from Branislav Ivanovic ensured the league leaders left Villa Park with a 2-1 victory. The result means Villa have now gone nine Premier League matches without a win since beating bottom club Leicester City on December 7. But manager Paul Lambert believes the manner of their performance can lend fresh impetus to a team perched precariously two points about the bottom three. "Villa are going into a run of games where, if we play like that, hopefully we will pick up a lot more points," he said. "We set a standard there, if we do that, hopefully we will win more games than not. "You want to go as high as you can possibly can. There are a lot of games still to go but if we do that in the coming weeks, we will pick up points, that's for sure. "That's the standard they have set themselves. If they play like that and keep that creativity and tempo to their game, they will win more than not."


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Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert is considering axing Christian Benteke for the second successive game at Hull City tonight. Villa's misfiring striker was dropped in the defeat to Chelsea at the weekend and is not guaranteed a return to the starting XI. It means that Lambert may stick with forward Gabby Agbonlahor for the crunch relegation clash after admitting that he gives his goal-shy side a totally different threat. "I thought we looked like a team of genuine pace on Saturday and genuine commitment to the game," said Lambert, who went on to stress that he wasn't concerned with Benteke's work-rate.

Daily Star: Christian Benteke has been warned he might be on the bench again at Hull tonight. Aston Villa's £25m-rated striker was surprisingly dropped for the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea on Saturday. And Villa boss Paul Lambert says the misfiring hitman is by no means certain to get an instant recall for tonight's crunch relegation clash. Lambert said: "Christian knows himself that he hasn't been playing well. "The big guy knows that. He didn't sulk. The best reaction you can have is for him to get back in the side and then make sure you don't come out of it again. "I think it has helped him to be honest. I don't want him to keep going out there thinking the onus is on him all the time to score the goals."

Daily Mail: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned Christian Benteke he may again find himself warming the bench in Tuesday night's crunch six-pointer at Hull. Benteke, 24, was axed from Villa's starting line for Saturday's 2-1 defeat against Chelsea after scoring just two Premier League goals since returning from injury in October. Lambert instead selected Gabby Agbonlahor to lead the line against Jose Mourinho's side and hinted he is likely to stick with the same attack against the Tigers as his team aim for a first league win in 10 attempts.

Birmingham Mail: Jores Okore has backed team-mate Christian Benteke to rediscover his goalscoring touch. The big Belgian could be dropped for a second successive game at Hull City tonight but Okore reckons the rest will do him good. Benteke has bagged just two Premier League goals this term and has been off the pace since the turn of the year. Okore, who ended Villa's goalscoring drought in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, said: "Christian is a good player and a good professional - he can bounce back from it." FourFourTwo: Aston Villa do not have an agreement with Manchester United to start on-loan midfielder Tom Cleverley, insists manager Paul Lambert. Cleverley moved to Villa Park on a season-long deal, and has appeared in 20 of the club's 24 Premier League outings so far in 2014-15. With Villa struggling in 16th in the table with just 12 goals scored, it is proving a difficult campaign for Lambert and his side. But the Scot has defended Cleverley, and says there is no truth to talk they have an arrangement with United.

BBC Sport: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says on-loan Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is not guaranteed a place in his starting line-up. Lambert was asked whether he was obliged to start Cleverley under the terms of the loan. "No way," he said. "I don't judge whether somebody is on loan. You pick a team you think will win a game."

Hull Daily Mail: Steve Bruce has billed tonight's clash with Aston Villa among the most significant fixtures of his reign as Hull City aim to escape the Premier League relegation zone. Three days after ending a run of defeats with a spirited 1-1 draw at Manchester City, the Tigers have the opportunity to build up a head of steam in their fight for survival. A victory over drop rivals Aston Villa this evening would guarantee City climb out of the bottom three, leapfrogging Paul Lambert's side, and Bruce accepts the stakes will be sky-high at the KC Stadium. "It's arguably one of the biggest games I've had since I've been here," said Bruce, who knows three points could propel his side up to 15th in the table.


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Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert insists Villa will not be relegated after calling his side to "win ugly" in the "13 cup finals" that will now define their season. Defeat at Hull plunged the claret and blues into the drop zone for the first time this term as their rapid decline continued. The state of disarray is shocking and Villa now face a genuine threat of demotion to the second tier following their relentless run of woeful performances. Lambert said he couldn't describe how low he was feeling after the horror show at Hull but stressed his side would show some response.

The Sun: Paul Lambert faces the biggest crisis of his Villa career after seeing his side plunge into the drop zone for the first time this season. And it is one the Scot will do well to claw his way back from after Steve Bruce's Tigers mauled the Midlands giants. Hull leapfrogged sorry Villa after a goal in each half from Nikica Jelavic and new signing Dame N'Doye.

Daily Mirror: Paul Lambert landed in the biggest crisis of his reign yet as Aston Villa dropped into the bottom three for the first time this season. And on the evidence of another hapless surrender at the KC Stadium, their tailspin will end below stairs in the Championship instead of the millionaires' penthouse. Villa competed earnestly until Tigers striker Dame N'Doye crowned a lively home debut with Hull's second goal after 74 minutes, lifting his finish high beyond Villa's keeper Brad Guzan.

Daily Mail: Paul Lambert suffered possibly his most excruciating night as a manager as Hull inflicted defeat to intensify Aston Villa's relegation fears. Lambert cut a chastened figure afterwards, admitting he would abandon his ambitions to play passing football in a bid to collect points by any means.

The Times: Paul Lambert felt the pressure on him increase dangerously as his Aston Villa team plumbed new depths in a disappointing season by sinking into the relegation zone after a defeat against Hull City, who leapfrogged the Midlands club out of the bottom three. Nikica Jelavic and Dame N'Doye formed a new partnership for Hull up front and delivered the firepower they had previously lacked in home matches while Villa's own struggles in front of goal continued.

Guardian: Hull City clambered out of the relegation zone and consigned Paul Lambert to a half-century of Premier League defeats as Aston Villa manager in the process. This was Lambert's 101st match and few will have been flatter as his side were sucked into the bottom three by a team winning for only the third time in 18 attempts themselves. Independent: Hull climbed out of the bottom three for the first time in a month as goals from Nikica Jelavic and Dame N'Doye secured only a third home victory of the season for Steve Bruce's side. As for Aston Villa, they slipped into the relegation places for the first time this season.


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Daily Star: Paul Lambert was sacked as Aston Villa boss last night. Owner Randy Lerner finally lost patience with the Scot after seeing the club slip into the bottom three just 24 hours earlier. Lambert had come under increasing pressure in the wake of Villa's dismal form and anger from disgruntled fans.

Daily Mirror: Aston Villa sacked manager Paul Lambert with a bumper £3million pay-off after anger at his goal-shy flops boiled over. Tim Sherwood is now the favourite for the Villa Park hot-seat, with USA national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann also in the reckoning.

Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa last night sensationally sacked manager Paul Lambert - just hours after the Birmingham Mail mounted a campaign to oust the unsuccessful Scotsman. Responding to the growing fears of the fans, the Mail launched the 'Lambert Must Go' campaign at 1.57pm yesterday. The club announced the sacking at 7.57pm on its website. Bookies immediately installed former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood as 8/11 odds-on favourite to take over, with USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann as second favourite at 4/1. Lambert, 45, replaced Alex McLeish in June 2012 after two years with Norwich City.

Daily Telegraph: Aston Villa have sacked Paul Lambert in a bid to halt the club's seemingly inexorable slide towards the Championship. Lambert's stormy two-and-a-half-year reign was ended last night after talks between Randy Lerner and Tom Fox, with the club already focussing on appointing a replacement. Fox was poised to fly out to meet Lerner in New York in what had been a scheduled summit, but the decision to dismiss Lambert was taken after Villa's defeat to Hull City on Tuesday grabbed the club into the Premier League's bottom three.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa last night sacked manager Paul Lambert after dropping into the Premier League relegation zone for the first time this season. Lambert paid the price for Villa's dreadful form in front of goal and a run of 10 league matches without a win, culminating in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Hull that saw away fans unfurl a banner calling for the 45-year-old Scot to be axed. American owner Randy Lerner decided to act with Villa in danger of losing out on the vast wealth brought by the new Premier League TV deal.

Daily Express: Aston Villa last night gave in to fans' pressure by sacking manager Paul Lambert. The 2-0 defeat at Hull on Tuesday, when Villa crashed into the bottom three for the first time this season, was the final straw for owner Randy Lerner. Supporters have been chanting for the Scot to go since the turn of the year, but their protests became more vociferous at the KC Stadium. And with their Premier League status under severe threat, Lerner has now opted to act.

The 'I': Aston Villa finally made the move that has been forecast on and off for almost two seasons now and sacked their manager, Paul Lambert. The final straw was the team's descent into the bottom three of the Premier League after losing at Hull City on Tuesday, a game which saw disgruntled Villa fans calling for Lambert to go. It was the team's 10th league game in a row without a win, while their haul of 12 league goals this season is the lowest total after 25 games in Premier League history.

The Sun: Aston Villa sacked Paul Lambert last night. The 2-0 defeat at Hull was the final straw after fans demanded he was axed. Tim Sherwood is bookies' favourite for the job, but Villa are also weighing up a move for Burnley's Sean Dyche, which would spark a war with their relegation rivals.


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Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa want a new manager who buys into a long-term vision and not just a short-term fix. Retaining their Premier League status is of paramount concern but owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox are also thought to be strongly focused on the future. Bookies favourite Tim Sherwood and fans' choice Jurgen Klinsmann are two names that appear to interest Villa the most, but prising the latter away from his job as USA coach is expected to be a tough test. Brief contact is thought to have been made with Sherwood after boss Paul Lambert was sacked on Wednesday.

Daily Express: Tim Sherwood was last night in the frame to be Paul Lambert's successor at Aston Villa - yet the appointment of Chris Ramsey at QPR could jeopardise his chances. Caretaker boss Ramsey was yesterday handed the job at relegation rivals QPR for the rest of the campaign. Ramsey was regarded as a vital cog in Sherwood's backroom staff at Tottenham last season due to his work on the training field and Villa must now decide if his absence makes Sherwood less appealing.

Daily Star: Tim Sherwood and Neil Lennon head the shortlist to land the job of turning Aston Villa around. Paul Lambert's three-year reign at the club came to an end on Wednesday after Villa slipped into the bottom three 24 hours earlier with the 2-0 defeat to Hull. Sherwood emerged as the early favourite , but had also been odds on favourite to land the vacant positions at West Brom, Crystal Palace and QPR.

Daily Mirror: Tim Sherwood is top of Aston Villa's wanted list. But their plans for a new boss were dealt a blow after his sidekick Chris Ramsey was named QPR manager. Villa CEO Tom Fox is believed to have prioritised Sherwood as the club's likeliest saviour. Other possibilities include Martin Jol and Glenn Hoddle.

BBC Sport Online: Sacked Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was given money to spend but produced a team that was not "fun to watch", claims club director General Charles Krulak. Krulak, 72, also described suggestions that American owner Randy Lerner had not invested in the squad as "hogwash". Lambert was dismissed on Wednesday after Villa slipped into the Premier League relegation zone. "Paul was just not bringing the team together," Krulak told the Sun. Scot Lambert, 45, described managing the struggling West Midlands club as "the toughest challenge" of his career. He said his "initial remit" was to "massively overhaul" the squad, lower the wage bill and keep the club in the Premier League. But after the 2-0 midweek defeat against fellow strugglers Hull, disgruntled supporters called for the former Norwich City manager Lambert to go.

The 'I': Paul Lambert has admitted that managing Aston Villa was the toughest assignment of his life. The Scot was sacked on Wednesday with Villa in the relegation zone and questions being asked about the club's policy in the transfer market. American owner Randy Lerner's reluctance to sanction expressive signings means Villa have promoted through the youth ranks and signed players from lower divisions - an admirable policy but fraught with danger. "Lerner warned me that I was embarking on the toughest challenge of my working life and he was not wrong," said Lambert.

Daily Mirror: Steve McClaren admits "things haven't gone very well" for Aston Villa since supporters famously vetoed his appointment. But the former England boss says the vacant post is still one of the best jobs in the country - although he does not want it - and believes the next occupant will be a "lucky" man. McClaren has rekindled his reputation at Derby, who he has led to third in the Championship. "I was close to it, but not close enough so we moved on. "Villa are a big club, a sleeping giant. It's got a great fan base - they've won leagues and the European Cup. "So somebody's going to be lucky and get a good job"


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Daily Telegraph: Tim Sherwood is in advanced talks with Aston Villa and has emerged as the front runner to take over at the Premier League strugglers. Sherwood is a serious contender to succeed Paul Lambert and is closing in on the post after extensive negotiations with Villa's chief executive Tom Fox. The former Tottenham Hotspur head coach suits the club's long-term vision and could even be appointed in the next 48 hours. Villa are determined to make an appointment quickly and Sherwood is one of the first candidates to have been interviewed over the post. Randy Lerner, the chairman, is reluctant to find a short-term solution and wants the new manager to plan for the next three years, with the immediate task of avoiding relegation to the Championship. That strategy would undoubtedly appeal to Sherwood, who was controversially dismissed by Spurs towards the end of last season, and he is anxious to make a swift return to top-flight management. The 46-year-old has made it clear to Fox he is interested in the post and he may even be in the stands for the FA Cup tie against Leicester City on Sunday.

Daily Mail: Tim Sherwood is closing in on the Aston Villa job after entering advanced negotiations with chief executive Tom Fox. The former Tottenham Hotspur head coach is understood to have been interviewed and expressed an interest in taking over from sacked Paul Lambert. Villa are keen to make a swift appointment to spark an upturn in results with the side in the Premier League relegation zone, but also want a manager who can stay for the long term. That would appeal to Sherwood, who pushed for an extended deal during talks with Spurs chief Daniel Levy before settling on an 18-month contract. Since being sacked at White Hart Lane last May, Sherwood has this season come close to returning to management at West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers before each move fell apart. Sherwood has sought guarantees and financial assurances during both those previous discussions and is likely to do so with Fox also.

Birmingham Mail: Tim Sherwood - the man linked with almost every managerial job in the Premier League this year - is a leading contender to land the vacant Aston Villa post. Brief contact has been made with the former Tottenham Hotspur boss but owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox are still carefully considering other options. With Lerner still in the United States, Fox is having a very hands-on say in the matter. He has instructed director of recruitment Paddy Reilly and his team of scouts to check out various candidates while he weighs up the decisive call. Lerner will eventually sanction the deal but it is likely that Fox will choose Paul Lambert's replacement based on his findings. At this stage Sherwood remains the bookies favourite and there certainly is an interest from Villa. What is likely to appeal to the struggling club is his previous work at Spurs where he helped transform the academy. Villa are not interested in a short-term fix. Yes, they need the new manager to hit the ground running, but they are looking to recruit for the future.

Guardian: Aston Villa are closing in on Tim Sherwood and the Midlands club are in advanced talks with the 46-year-old with a view to him replacing Paul Lambert as manager. Although nothing has been formally agreed, Sherwood has held discussions with Tom Fox, the Villa chief executive, and it is possible that an announcement could be made before fifth-round FA Cup tie at home against Leicester City for which the first-team coach Scott Marshall has been put in charge. Villa have made it their mission to bring in a long-term successor to Lambert rather than a firefighter until the end of the season and they also want to make a swift appointment. With Sherwood out of work since losing his job as Tottenham Hotspur manager at the end of last season and believed to be keen on the Villa role, the only potential obstacle is personal teams. Other names have come under consideration as part of an exhaustive search over the last 48 hours but the job appears, as of now, to be Sherwood's to lose. He fits with Villa's philosophy of bringing in a progressive, highly motivated manager who is keen to give young players a chance and he would arrive with a point to prove after being overlooked for a number of other Premier League jobs since leaving White Hart Lane. While nothing has been finalised as yet, and there is always the possibility of another name emerging late on in these situations, the fact Fox has spoken to Sherwood and those talks have progressed into something more serious suggests the club are edging closer to getting their man. He is the clear frontrunner.

Independent: Tim Sherwood is the only manager Aston Villa have spoken to in their quest to replace Paul Lambert and the club are hoping to come to an agreement with the former Tottenham Hotspur man over the weekend. The club have revised their plans and instead of going for a short-term candidate to take them to the end of the season - and keep Villa in the Premier League - they want someone for the long-term who will secure them survival and build for the future. Sherwood, 46, has been in contact with the Villa chief executive Tom Fox and ideally the club would like to have him in place ahead of the next league game, against Stoke City a week tomorrow. The former England manager Glenn Hoddle, who left his coaching role at Queen's Park Rangers after Harry Redknapp's departure, is not understood to have had any contact over the job despite being named as one of the potential candidates.

Daily Mirror: Tim Sherwood is close to being named as the new Aston Villa boss after holding advanced talks with the club. Ex-Tottenham manager Sherwood has been the front-runner since Villa sacked Paul Lambert after a fifth successive League loss at Hull on Tuesday. Villa are attracted by Sherwood's record for nurturing young players at Spurs and believe he has the personality to inspire their under-performing players. Villa cranked up their moves for Sherwood after Chris Ramsey was confirmed by fellow strugglers QPR as their boss until the summer. Ramsey previously worked with Sherwood at Spurs and will now need to find a new coach to work with at Villa, with ex-Chelsea No.2 Ray Wilkins a possible option.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa are in talks with Tim Sherwood over their vacant manager's job, according to Sky sources. Sherwood is Sky Bet's odds-on favourite to replace Paul Lambert, who was sacked this week with Villa in the Premier League relegation places. And discussions have now begun with the former Tottenham boss, who we understand spoke to QPR about their manager's job only for a deal to falter over personal terms. Villa are seeking a permanent replacement for Paul Lambert. BBC Sport: Tim Sherwood would not be fazed by the prospect of steering Aston Villa clear of relegation trouble, according to Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen. Sherwood has been heavily linked with the job of succeeding Paul Lambert. Lambert was sacked after Villa dropped into the bottom three with their Premier League defeat at Hull. "This would be a real challenge for Tim but he wouldn't be fazed by it," said Allen. "He is a confident guy who believes in his own ability."

Daily Star: Sacked boss Paul Lambert could still have one last word on Aston Villa affairs as they bid for a place in the FA Cup last eight by beating Leicester. Unknown stand-in Scott Marshall steps up from his role as first team coach but doesn't envisage being in the hot-seat too long. And he admitted he may well have a conversation with Lambert, axed on Wednesday, before the big game. The two have spoken since Lambert's dismissal, though Marshall revealed he hadn't spoken to American owner Randy Lerner. Villa are looking for a permanent appointment and have discounted the notion of someone being brought in for the crucial final 13 league games. Those games will determine Villa's Premier League future, but Marshall looks unlikely to oversee any of them.

Birmingham Mail: Scott Marshall will seek the assistance of sacked Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert before he picks his team tomorrow. The caretaker manager - a long-term ally of Lambert - will turn to the man he still calls 'gaffer' as he selects the starting XI for the FA Cup clash with Leicester. Marshall took training with Andy Marshall, Gordon Cowans and Stuart Taylor yesterday (Friday) and did a decent job rallying the team but he admitted he was somewhat uncomfortable without Lambert around as, essentially, he was the man who recruited him.

Daily Express: Aston Villa have made discreet inquiries through intermediaries to ascertain the value of Tony Pulis' escape clause at rivals West Bromwich Albion. It is understood West Brom would be entitled to around £2.25million in compensation. More formal contact has also been made with the representatives of Tim Sherwood as Villa continue their search for a new manager after Paul Lambert was sacked this week.

Birmingham Mail: Sol Campbell has put his name forward to manage Aston Villa - if only on a short-term fire-fighting basis. Campbell used his Instagram account to declare his interest in succeeding Paul Lambert at Villa Park. The former England defender revealed it would be a challenge he would want to "take head on and win."


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Birmingham Mail: Tim Sherwood inspired Villa with a half-time team talk that helped progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals. The new boss voiced his opinion in the dressing room during the interval and it led to a spirited performance after the break. Caretaker manager Scott Marshall also played a part in the second half turnaround as goals from Leandro Bacuna and Scott Sinclair set up a 2-1 win over Leicester. Marshall, who spoke to sacked boss Paul Lambert before picking the team, said the victory would help lift spirits. He also admitted he wants to stay at the club to work under Sherwood, who has yet to decide on his backroom staff. "Tim came in and made a couple of points (at half-time)," he said. "It was a couple of little bits of pieces for everyone. The lads used that in the second half. "Getting into the quarter-final of the cup is a good achievement. It's good for the boys to get a win."

The Sun: Tim Sherwood insists there will be 'no problem' saving relegation-haunted Aston Villa from the drop. Villa's new boss inspired his side to an FA Cup fifth-round victory with a rousing half-time team talk. He is not even due to official start work until this morning. But Sherwood already believes Villa will escape from the bottom three, declaring: " We'll be fine, no problem. "I was very encouraged. It becomes a habit, winning. "They did well today, a lot of energy, a lot of desire and I'm very impressed. "I'm excited by the challenge."

Daily Star: Tim Sherwood couldn't resist getting his hands dirty to give his new side an FA Cup leg-up. The new Aston Villa boss dashed from the stands at half-time after watching a dismal first 45 minutes from his charges. And it seemed to work as Villa clinched a 2-1 win over Leicester and a place in the last eight. Stand-in boss Scott Marshall revealed Sherwood, only appointed 24 hours earlier, had briefly addressed the side before the game. "He passed on some good information - there was a knowledge that comes through from his experience in the game," said Marshall. "He didn't make any great sweeping statements that changed the world. "He was in the dressing room briefly before the game as well. He just introduced himself to the boys and wished them all the best."

Daily Mail: Tim Sherwood threw aside any reservations like a club-crested gilet as Aston Villa scored the goal that clinched their progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals. Having allowed himself a smile when Leandro Bacuna's wonderful strike flew in, he punched the air with all the glee of a lifelong Villa fan after Scott Sinclair's tame effort somehow outfox Mark Schwarzer one minute from time. Sherwood watched this tie from the stands as first team coach Scott Marshall took control in the dugout. But after a goalless opening period, Villa's 11th consecutive first half without scoring, the new manager was in the dressing room at the interval to address certain issues. From the outside, his words seemed to have an immediate impact.

Glasgow Evening Times: Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given is hopeful his man-of-the-match performance in their 2-1 FA Cup fifth round win over Leicester has proved to new manager Tim Sherwood that he still has plenty to offer. Villa went ahead through Leandro Bacuna and doubled their lead through substitute Scott Sinclair. Leicester's club-record signing Andrej Kramaric got a goal back, but it was Villa who progressed. Given, who is 39 in April, played alongside Sherwood at Blackburn and put in a sterling performance, with one save in particular to deny Matty James laying the platform for the victory.

"When the new manager comes in it's a clean slate for everyone. I have plenty to offer and I hope that Tim sees that today," Given said.

BT Sport Online: Scott Sinclair believes Aston Villa have already been lifted by Tim Sherwood's arrival after the manager watched his new side move closer to Wembley. Manchester City loanee Sinclair scored his first goal since August 2012 in front of Sherwood, who was in the stands, as Villa beat Leicester 2-1 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals. Sherwood gave Villa a half-time pep talk when the score was 0-0 before Leandro Bacuna and Sinclair netted to clinch a last-eight spot. Paul Lambert was sacked on Wednesday after Villa slipped into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and Sinclair believes the atmosphere at Villa Park has improved, with Sherwood - appointed on Saturday until 2018 - already making a positive impact. "There was a lift, but I have only been here two weeks so I'm trying to take in as much as I can," he said. "There is a lift from the fans and all we can do is concentrate game by game and take it into the next one. "I'm looking forward as much as anyone else in the team to working with him (Sherwood). Hopefully he brings something different and it rubs off on the boys and we win games."


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BBC Sport: New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he is now the 'headmaster,' adding he will be brutally honest if his players fail to perform. Sherwood, 46, was appointed as Paul Lambert's replacement on Saturday and watched Villa beat Leicester 2-1 in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday. He said: "One thing I can guarantee, if I'm going to be guilty of something it will be being honest." Villa are currently third from bottom in the Premier League. Sherwood previously compared himself to a supply teacher during his five months in charge at Spurs from December 2013 to May 2014, claiming uncertainty over his future led to a lack of respect from some Tottenham players. "I'm the headmaster now," he said at his first official news conference as Villa manager on Monday. "If they do well they will be told, if they don't do well they will also be told and told why. You have to be constructive. "You have to talk to them. Some people might have played well and need to be patted on the back. "Some people need a kick up the backside at the right time and I need to be that person to be able to do that," the former midfielder added.

Guardian: Tim Sherwood has admitted he is putting his neck on the line by taking the Aston Villa job but the man who described himself as a "supply teacher" when he was named Tottenham Hotspur manager last season is relishing the chance to whip a struggling team into shape. "I'm the headmaster now," Sherwood said, smiling. Speaking on the day that he was unveiled as the new Villa manager, Sherwood said all the right things as he vowed to liberate the players on the pitch with a more gung-ho approach - "Let's have a go fighting and start throwing a few punches ourselves" - and turn Villa Park into the fortress he remembered from his playing days. He was typically forthright, no more so than when it was put to him that some have questioned whether he is the right man for the Villa role, given that his managerial experience amounts to only five and a half months in charge of Spurs. "There's a lot of poor experienced managers," Sherwood replied. "There is a lot of good ones as well. I think it's overrated [the argument about a lack of experience]. My experience as a football manager has been very good up until now so I hope that continues." Spurs finished sixth under Sherwood - who was sacked at the end of the season - and his 59% win ratio is the highest of any manager at White Hart Lane in the Premier League era. It is his work in the club's academy, however, that gives him most satisfaction. "I look back at my time at Tottenham in development as a great success. We produced a lot of footballers there: Ryan Mason, Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose, Andros Townsend. There are players there worth a lot of money now. Something has been left behind there from me. And when I took the job I had success on the pitch."

Daily Mirror: Tim Sherwood says he has gone from "supply teacher" to ­"headmaster" after taking charge at Aston Villa. Sherwood, 46, was unveiled at the Premier League ­strugglers on a three-and-a-half-year contract to succeed Paul Lambert. He verbally agreed to take the job before even ­negotiating a contract as he was so keen on the post. The former title-winning Blackburn captain is now confident of keeping the 18th-placed side up. He is also eyeing the FA Cup after leaving the director's box to help the Villans reach the quarter-finals with an ­inspirational half-time team talk against Leicester. Sherwood spoke from the heart with passion and ­determination and is now desperate to rouse Villa after 10 league games without a win. His first managerial job was at Spurs a year ago after being promoted to succeed Andre Villas-Boas. But he always felt doomed as chairman Daniel Levy chased a more ­experienced boss. "I am more of a headmaster now than a supply teacher," said Sherwood. "At Spurs people were telling me every week, 'This guy wants your job'. It was difficult but I got on with it. What was I going to do? Roll over in a corner and die? I'm a fighter and will fight until the bitter end. "I will give everything to be a success here. I will do whatever I can to make sure we get enough points to get over that line and for now it is all about winning."

Daily Express: New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has vowed to keep the club in the Premier League saying: "At Spurs I was the supply teacher - but I'm a headmaster now." The 46-year-old was formally unveiled at Villa Park to take his first job since he was axed by Tottenham last May. Sherwood knew his short reign at White Hart Lane would end long before that point and famously described himself as a "supply teacher." But he knows he is in it for the long haul in the Midlands, despite Villa's precarious position in the bottom three, after signing a three-and-a-half year deal to succeed Paul Lambert. "I'm the headmaster now," he said. "It is a good feeling."

Daily Star: Tim Sherwood says he's gone from supply teacher to headmaster after landing a dream job at Aston Villa. The former Blackburn title-winning star is ecstatic at being handed the reins at the relegation-threatened Midlands club. It's his first proper management job after being dumped by Spurs and he admits he can't wait to get started. He famously described himself as feeling like a 'supply teacher' at White Hart Lane because the players knew he wouldn't be in charge come the end of the season. Sherwood said: "How do I feel now? Like the headmaster! It was all very strange at the time because people kept telling me 'this guy or that guy is after your job'. "But I dealt with it. It was difficult but you have to take positives out if it. It was a fantastic experience because I wouldn't be sitting here without that. "It was a positive for me to take that job, to gain that experience. I experienced a lot. We had to win games, similar to here."

Birmingham Mail: Tim Sherwood is all smiles after transforming himself from support assistant to headmaster. At Tottenham Hotspur he once described himself as a 'supply teacher' waiting for a long-term replacement as uncertainty surrounded his time at White Hart Lane. Things couldn't be different at Villa Park for the man tasked with keeping the claret and blues in the division. The 46-year-old has signed a deal which keeps him at the club until 2018 and the vision for the future excites him. "I'm the headmaster now!" he quipped when asked about his much-publicised self-assessment nine months ago. "It's a good feeling because I was sitting at every press conference (at Tottenham) and I kept going told 'this man wants your job' and 'that man's been spoken to.' "It was every week but I dealt with it and got on with the job."


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Daily Mail Online: Tim Sherwood took charge of his first Aston Villa training session on Tuesday. The former Tottenham manager, 46, was officially unveiled at Villa Park 24 hours earlier after he signed a deal until 2018 to replace the sacked Paul Lambert. Sherwood watched Villa beat Leicester 2-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday and went into the dressing room at half-time to deliver a team-talk with the score 0-0. And with Villa in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League, Sherwood appeared to adopt a similarly hands-on approach at Bodymoor Heath. Sherwood, who has the highest win percentage of any Tottenham manager in Premier League history after his five-month tenure at White Hart Lane, was seen ordering his new side about. His side face Stoke City on Saturday in what is arguably a must-win encounter with Villa's future in the top flight in doubt.

Birmingham Mail Online: Tim Sherwood is targeting a massive turnaround in fortunes during Aston Villa's eight remaining home games of the season. The claret and blues entertain Stoke on Saturday before a double-header with rivals Albion in the league and the FA Cup. Clashes with Swansea, QPR, Everton, West Ham and Burnley will wrap up their home campaign and Sherwood knows the results they earn at Villa Park will define their season. After enjoying Sunday's win over Leicester and recalling the famous Holte End 'roar' that he experienced as a player, the new Villa boss wants Villa's home to become a fortress again. "When I used to come to Villa Park as a player, I always thought it was difficult here because you did always feel like, with their support, that they had an extra player. It was that good. "We need to make this place a fortress. I want to see Villa Park bouncing. "Our home games are going to be extremely important for our survival. "The fans are key - we're going to need them. They are one million per cent important."

Sutton Coldfield Observer: Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he won't hide from the truth when discussing performances with his squad. Sherwood took over from Paul Lambert on Saturday, and took his first training session at the club today. With Villa currently in the Premier League's bottom three, he says that honesty is definitely the best policy. "One thing I can guarantee is honesty," he said. "If they do well they will be told. If they don't do well they will also be told - and told why. "But you have to be constructive. You have to talk to them. It's not them and us. We're all on the same side."

Daily Express Online: Aston Villa have confirmed first team coach Scott Marshall will leave the club. In a brief statement on the Villa website, chief executive Tom Fox announced Marshall's departure and thanked him for his efforts. He said: "I'd like to thank Scott for his efforts during his time at the football club and especially under difficult circumstances at the weekend when he took the team for Sunday's FA Cup victory over Leicester City. "We wish him all the best in the future."

FourFourTwo: Aston Villa have announced the departure of first-team coach Scott Marshall, just two days after he took caretaker charge of the side for an FA Cup victory over Leicester City. Marshall was handed temporary control of first-team affairs at the Premier League strugglers following last week's sacking of manager Paul Lambert. However, with Tim Sherwood having been swiftly appointed as the permanent successor to Lambert, Marshall has now exited Villa Park. A brief statement from the Midlands club read: "Aston Villa have parted company with first-team coach Scott Marshall." Villa chief executive Tom Fox added: "I'd like to thank Scott for his efforts during his time at the football club and especially under difficult circumstances at the weekend when he took the team for Sunday's FA Cup victory over Leicester City. "We wish him all the best in the future." Villa sit 18th in the Premier League and host Stoke City on Saturday.


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