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Tim Sherwood grateful for Aston Villa chairman's backing

By Robert Jones

Tim Sherwood has praised Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner for sanctioning his summer spending spree.

The owner was looking to leave after officially putting the club on the market last year, but after failing to sell he gave Sherwood the green light to spend.

Barcelona's Adama Traore is close to becoming Villa's 10th signing of the summer ahead of tonight's Barclays Premier League match against Manchester United.

It is a change of direction from Lerner after he clamped down on spending under former boss Paul Lambert, and Sherwood is grateful.

"He doesn't have to talk. He is showing it by his actions that he is willing to back this football club and take us in the correct direction," he said.

"It's good the club have backed me and it needed change. We have sold a lot of players and we brought in a lot of money. The owner has not put that back in to his pocket, he has reinvested it into the squad."

After beating Bournemouth 1-0 on the opening day, Sherwood believes they can topple United.

"It's a transition period for them again, as it was last season. They have brought in a lot of new players," he said.

"It's never fluid but we fancy ourselves against United."

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