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Tim Sherwood says Daniel Levy wanted him to stay at Tottenham

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is gearing up for his return to White Heart Lane this weekend with Aston Villa by revealing that Daniel Levy offered him the chance to stay on as manager despite getting the sack, according to the Daily Express.

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The 46-year-old was given the boot at the end of the previous campaign after taking over from Andre Villas-Boas, but was apparently given the chance to stay at the club in a different capacity.

He rejected the chance to stay with the north London giants, but has insisted that his relationship with his former chairman is still strong.

Sherwood enjoyed a strong win ratio at Tottenham, but was given the opportunity to take over at Villa following the sacking of Paul Lambert back in February.

Villa sit in 16th right now, but are still only three points clear of the drop zone having played a game more then the majority of their rivals.

“Daniel didn’t say what job – I was eyeing up the broom cupboards and all that,” joked Sherwood.

“I was disappointed I was leaving the club, yes, but Daniel didn’t want a divorce. He wanted me to stay in some kind of capacity. But I’m a manager now.

“Daniel’s known me for a lot of years. It wasn’t as if I fell off my chair and said, ‘You’re joking’ at the end of the season. I knew it was coming.

“But will I shake hands with him tomorrow? Absolutely, I’ve been in communication with Daniel since I’ve left.

“I don’t have any problem. He’s a good guy, and he wants what’s best for that football club.

“Daniel’s done well for me because I wouldn’t be sitting here as Aston Villa manager if wasn’t for Tottenham Hotspur.

“I owe a lot to that football club, they gave me a platform to go and work.”

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