Tim Sherwood. What do we know about the new interim boss at Tottenham?
He won the league with Blackburn, represented us for several years and was at one point apparently better than Zidane. Most know that. What most don’t know is this; Spurs rejected offers from Brighton, Blackburn and Swindon for his services as manager, serving more of a testament to the elusive figure Tim has cast during his second spell at White Hart Lane. Chairman Daniel Levy’s insistence to place him in charge on an interim basis, a man with no managerial experience within the Premier League suggests that there really is something more to the man who has been waiting in the shadows during AVB’s tenure.
Although he was somewhat kept in the background throughout AVB’s reign, he wasn’t exactly quiet. Richard Keys ousted him as the ‘Spurs mole’ who had attempted to stir dissent amongst the ranks with stories of ‘overworked players’ unhappy at AVB’s regime. Aside from trying to get AVB sacked for his own gain he also managed to coast our U21 set-up to the league title and has been described as having a philosophy similar to that deployed at Barcelona, even touted as ‘our Guardiola’ – a compliment if ever there was one. Harry Redknapp even went as far as saying the job should go to him on a permanent basis and if some of the bookmakers are to be believed, that’s not a million miles away from what could potentially happen.
The shared connections of Franco Baldini, a former player and director of football at the highest levels, alongside Daniel Levy could easily come up with a successor with superior experience, or at least that’s what you’d think. Fabio Capello, although spotted at Spurs on Sunday, has allegiances to the Russian national team as does another linked manager, Guus Hiddink with the Netherlands squad (Taking charge after the World Cup next year). Michael Laudrup and Mauricio Pochetinno are both tied closely to their current clubs, Levy unlikely to pay the compensation fee that either would require, and with Glen Hoddle beginning to grow increasingly more and more like the creepy Uncle you’ve always been warned about, Levy could see this as an ideal opportunity for Sherwood to prove himself. One of the key failings of many a Spurs manager previous in the Premier League era was conflict between themselves and Levy, hard not to avoid given his presence in dealings. However, Sherwood and Levy have a friendship forged out of respect evident within his appointment as interim manager – a quality trait which no outsider would have.
On a short-term basis the appointment of Sherwood will only do positives for the squad. Separation from AVB’s on-field ideology will see the team initially play without restraint and in order to impress – something which usually draws the best out of the players. With such a saturated squad in areas, AVB failed to cement a consistent starting XI, Sherwood will likely be much more ruthless with his selections. Furthermore the increased assets he will have available to him with Emmanuel Adebayor likely to come back into contention and talk of Assou Ekotto returning from his loan spell at QPR will strengthen our squad in areas that have been somewhat lacklustre this season.
With Sherwood it’s safe to say his reputation precedes him somewhat. At a time when there are so many stories approaching the situation at Spurs from so many different angles it’s hard to get a sense of what is right and what is wrong. Many sources portray Levy as a dictator at the helm of our club, failing to invest in AVB’s vision whereas others cast AVB in an overtly negative light; sulky, arrogant and childish. Sherwood however mantains an elusive image, the head of our burgeoning youth set-up and an alleged Arsenal fan with the tattoo to match. Whilst his ruthless nature in pursuit of the role can only be seen as an enduring asset to the supporters it seems only time will tell regarding Sherwood and his inevitable pursuit of the role on a permanent basis.
On December 23rd 2013, Tim Sherwood was confirmed as the Tottenham manager on an 18 month deal.