Tottenham beat Manchester United to a place in next season's Europa League after an easy win over Aston Villa.

Paulinho cut through the heart of the Villa defence to shoot past Brad Guzan to put Spurs in early control.

How does Sherwood compare?

PL Games Win %

Minimum 20 games

Tim Sherwood

22

59

Andre Villas-Boas

54

54

Harry Redknapp

144

50

Martin Jol

113

42

Clemence/Livermore

42

38

David Pleat

32

38

Gerry Francis

119

36

Glenn Hoddle

89

36

Christian Gross

26

35

Nathan Baker headed Danny Rose's cross past his own goalkeeper before Emmanuel Adebayor scored from the spot.

Spurs finished the season in sixth place, three points shy of their total last term, in what could be boss Tim Sherwood's last game in charge.

Despite finishing five points clear of Manchester United, uncertainty surrounds Sherwood's future as the club has been linked with several replacements for next season.

That search comes after Spurs failed to make the Champions League following huge investment last summer and a season where Sherwood appeared to occasionally fall out with his players.

Sherwood has likened his status to that of a "supply teacher", enhanced by claims from midfielder Sandro this week that his manager would depart in the summer.

Yet with the Brazilian player in the starting line-up, Spurs did not look like a side with a lack of respect for their manager, as Sherwood had stated, and the game was as good as over by half-time with all the goals coming before the break.

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood

The result did little to enhance the prospects of Villa manager Paul Lambert, who also faces uncertainty after another inconsistent season where his side finished 15th, five points above the drop zone.

Villa only secured their Premier League status with two games left and with American owner Randy Lerner set to make an announcement about his role in the club, both clubs could be set for a summer of upheaval.

It took 20 minutes before Villa threatened the hosts' goal and by that stage they could have been three goals behind.

Tim Sherwood invites a Spurs fan into the dugout

Tim Sherwood on inviting a Spurs fan into the dugout. "He is the proper manager, so it was his chance to have a go. It's only friendly banter."

Harry Kane had twice gone close before Paulinho opened the scoring after 14 minutes. The Brazilian, who unlike compatriot Sandro has been selected in his national team's World Cup squad, strode through the Villa defence and collected Gylfi Sigursson's pass before beating Guzan at a second attempt.

Shorn of the injured Christian Benteke, Villa lacked any purpose going forward and they went further behind when Baker headed into his own net.

It got worse before the interval. After a corner was cleared, Sandro's shot caught Gabriel Agbonlahor's arm and referee Jonathan Moss had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Adebayor dispatched his kick from 12 yards for his 14th goal of the season.

The second half was a damp squib in comparison but in a rare moment of action Fabian Delph fired wide after 57 minutes following Villa's best move of the match.

Sherwood and Sandro exchanged a friendly hug after the midfielder was substituted and there was a scare for American goalkeeper Guzan after a collision with Kane.

Whether Sherwood will be smiling when his future is discussed with chairman Daniel Levy remains to be seen.

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood:

"If it is to be my last game, life goes on. There were no tears shed out there on the lap of honour.

Villa staying up is incredible - Lambert

"This club means a lot to me but if I'm not to continue here as manager I'll be somewhere else.

"I've got a 59 per cent win ratio in the Premier League and I think if I had started the season in charge we'd be in the Champions League,"

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:

"[The negative reaction of fans] is never nice because the lads have given everything in their body to avoid relegation and get over the line.

"Supporters come a long, long way and pay good money to watch and try to see their team win. You've got to be big enough to take it.

"They're a young group of players as it is and it'll probably affect even the experienced ones."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 16 Naughton Booked
  • 03 Rose
  • 30 Sandro (Veljkovic - 62' )
  • 20 Dawson
  • 06 Chiriches
  • 22 Sigurdsson (Pritchard - 83' )
  • 08 Paulinho (Bentaleb - 75' )
  • 37 Kane
  • 10 Adebayor
  • 23 Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 09 Soldado
  • 15 Capoue
  • 24 Friedel
  • 35 Fryers
  • 39 Pritchard
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 51 Veljkovic

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 34 Lowton
  • 23 Bertrand
  • 15 Westwood
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 02 Baker
  • 07 Bacuna (Robinson - 83' )
  • 16 Delph
  • 11 Agbonlahor
  • 21 Bowery (El Ahmadi - 45' )
  • 10 Weimann

Substitutes

  • 06 Clark
  • 08 El Ahmadi
  • 13 Steer
  • 18 Sylla
  • 29 Holt
  • 37 Robinson
  • 41 Grealish
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 35,826

Match Stats

Shots

12 4

On target

6 1

Corners

5 1

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Aston Villa 0.

90:00 +2:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Aston Villa 0.

89:44

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

89:44

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Alex Pritchard replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

82:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Callum Robinson replaces Leandro Bacuna.

81:28

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:28

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

80:45

Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

77:23

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Kyle Naughton tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

76:05

Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Milos Veljkovic.

75:15

Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:15

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

74:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nabil Bentaleb replaces Paulinho.

73:41

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

72:06 Booking

Booking Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:59

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

71:59

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

65:35

Delay in match Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

64:58

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

64:58

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:19

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Kyle Naughton tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

61:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Milos Veljkovic replaces Sandro.

60:42

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Vlad Chiriches tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

59:03

Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).

59:03

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:25

Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:25

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).

56:27

Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor with a headed pass.

54:04

Foul by Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur).

54:04

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:02

Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:02

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

50:56

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:56

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

50:12

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:12

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

49:05

Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:05

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

47:14

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

47:14

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 3, Aston Villa 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Karim El Ahmadi replaces Jordan Bowery.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Aston Villa 0.

45:00 +1:00

Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00 +0:04

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

44:59

Attempt saved. Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sandro with a cross.

44:26

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Fabian Delph.

42:52

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

42:40

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

41:26

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Vlad Chiriches tries a through ball, but Danny Rose is caught offside.

40:42

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:42

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

37:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Aston Villa 0. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

36:51

Penalty conceded by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

36:45

Attempt missed. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen following a corner.

36:13

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Fabian Delph.

36:12

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a through ball.

34:53 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Nathan Baker, Aston Villa. Tottenham Hotspur 2, Aston Villa 0.

32:20

Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:20

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

27:46

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

27:19

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

26:09

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:09

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

21:50

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

15:20

Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.

13:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Aston Villa 0. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

13:50

Attempt saved. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Kane.

10:36

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

10:16

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

9:18

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:18

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

8:55

Attempt blocked. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

7:55

Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).

7:55

Jordan Bowery (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:12

Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:12

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

5:05

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor with a cross.

2:40

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Michael Dawson tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

2:25

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:25

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

1:59

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:59

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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