Tim Sherwood is the man tasked with preserving Aston Villa’s ever-present Premier League status and igniting their misfiring attack after being confirmed as the struggling club’s new manager on Saturday. Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Sherwood, 46, replaces Paul Lambert who was sacked by the Midlands club after they were beaten 2-0 against fellow strugglers Hull City last Tuesday, their fifth successive league defeat. Goal-shy Villa, who have hit the net only 12 times in 25 Premier League games this season, are 18th in the table having won none of their previous 10 games. “It is a great honour to manage one of the biggest clubs in English football. I can’t wait to get started and I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” said Sherwood, who was given a three-and-a-half year contract. Villa will hope Sherwood, who stepped up from Tottenham’s backroom staff to replace the sacked Andre Villas-Boas, can have the same impact on their misfiring forwards as he did with Emmanuel Adebayor at Tottenham. The appointment of Sherwood coincided with the revitalisation of the often-maligned Togo forward who scored 14 goals in 25 games in all competitions last season, having been left out by Villas-Boas.