Tottenham benefitting from my legacy, claims Sherwood

New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has claimed that former club Tottenham are reaping the rewards of the ‘legacy’ he left behind after his stint as Head Coach at White Hart Lane, BBC Sport has reported.

The 46-year-old was in charge of Spurs for five months after taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in December 2013. Despite having a strong win ratio and achieving a finish of sixth place in the Premier League, he was relieved of his duties in May 2014 in favour of current boss Mauricio Pochettino.

He gave midfielder Nabil Bentaleb his first chance in the Tottenham first-team and the Algerian has developed into a key player under Pochettino, while his previous coaching work at Tottenham also saw him work with the likes of Harry Kane and Ryan Mason, both of whom have been in superb form this season.

And Sherwood, who takes charge of Aston Villa for the first time on Saturday when they host Stoke City, believes Pochettino is beginning to succeed as a result of what he put in place at the North London side. “He’s inherited a good bunch of young players who were developed by myself,” he said.

“There are a lot of big stars and he could have discarded Ryan Mason and gone with Nabil Bentaleb. He’s not done that – so fair play to him. I respect him for that. It’s good for me. I left a bit of a legacy there with those young players and he’s carried it on.”

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