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Aston Villa focus on survival

16 February 2015, 19:50

London - Tim Sherwood was officially unveiled as the new Aston Villa manager on Monday and immediately set his priority: to stay in the Premier League.

"I want to turn this place back into a fortress," Sherwood told a press conference. It's very important this club stays in the Premier League."

Sherwood replaced the sacked Paul Lambert as manager and watched from the stands as his new side beat Leicester on Sunday to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The former Tottenham manager described his decision to take over as a "no-brainer" but with Villa third-bottom in the Premier League, he knows it won't be easy.

Also read: Villa reach FA Cup quarters

"I spoke to Randy Lerner (the chairman) briefly and to Tom Fox (the chief executive) at length about the vision of the club. I liked what I heard.

"We're in a difficult situation, and I need to get the best of this group of players to keep us in this division.

"You've got to try to win football matches. We've got good players.

"I remember facing Christian Benteke as a manager and I know what a handful he can be. There are a lot of big names in that squad and none of them want to get relegated."

"The team looked a bit tentative against Leicester City in the FA Cup. We have to play on front foot a bit more."

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