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 Friday’s Barclays Premier League match against Manchester United. Rudy Gestede, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Ayew and Jordan Amavi are among the summer arrivals at Villa as Sherwood rebuilds the squad following the exits of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph. 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. “I think a football club is like a player, you’re always for sale depending on what someone wants to pay. If someone wants to pay a huge amount of money and Randy decides he wants to sell then it’s his decision. “In the meantime he is not sitting on his hands, he is actively trying to do something to improve this club. “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.” Villa host United on Friday but will be without Carles Gil (ankle), Jack Grealish (hamstring) and Jores Okore (knee). They beat Bournemouth 1-0 on the opening day, thanks to Gestede’s debut goal, and Sherwood believes they can topple Louis van Gaal’s side. “It’s a transition period for them again, as it was last season. They have brought in a lot of new players,” he said. “I think every team has their own problems early in the season. It’s never fluid but we fancy ourselves against Manchester United. We fancy ourselves against any team.” Tim Sherwood has praised Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner for sanctioning his summer spending spree. Press Association
(Source: faktor, ST) Vahid Halilhodzic is a new selector of the national football team of Japan. The celebrated BH expert got the confidence of the Executive Committee of the Football Association of Japan.As the “Nikan sports“ magazine claims, the Football Association of Japan (JFA) and the 62-year-old Halilhodzic have agreed that he will take the National team, with an annual salary of 2,2 million dollars.The former coach of Japan, Havier Aguire was dismissed on the 4th February because of his involvement in the match-fixing scandal in Spanish Primera in 2011.Last year, Halilhodzic brought the team of Algeria to the knockout phase at the World Cup in Brazil, which is the greatest success if that North African country in the history of their performances at World Cups.