Sherwood grateful for Tottenham exit

The Aston Villa manager was sacked by the club following a six-month reign in the wake of Andre Villas-Boas' departure, but says he is now pleased he was relieved of his duties
Tim Sherwood says he holds no grudges against Tottenham ahead of his return to White Hart Lane with Aston Villa this weekend.

Sherwood spent six months in charge at White Hart Lane following Andre Villas-Boas' departure in 2013, and will head back to north London with struggling Villa on Saturday as he looks to keep the club's survival bid on track.

Having taken over at Villa Park in February, Sherwood insists he is glad that Spurs dispensed with his services, as it gave him the opportunity to succeed Paul Lambert.

"I was pleased with what I did [at Spurs], but I respect the decision made by Daniel Levy and his board, they've been good for me," he said.

"They only made that decision based on what they believe is best for the football club. They have to make that decision. I haven't got to agree with it. I just move on.

"I thank them for not being there now as it is the reason I am at this fantastic football club."

Villa are three points clear of the relegation zone with six league games to play, while they also face Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday April 19.