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Tottenham sack boss Tim Sherwood

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 14 May 2014

Tottenham sacked boss Tim Sherwood on Tuesday

Tottenham sacked boss Tim Sherwood on Tuesday

Yesterday Tottenham put boss Tim Sherwood out of his misery, as he was sacked.

The decision came as no great surprise, as it has become almost inevitable for the last few months.

I wrote an article just a couple of days ago saying that Spurs needed to sort out their managerial situation and this seems to be the first step towards that.


I have to say that Tim Sherwood has been treated terribly by the Spurs board. He has done a decent job, but he never had the experience, profile or qualifications to take the club where they want to be.

Even if he did not have the necessary qualities to be the right man for the job, the Spurs board should have told him far earlier that he would lose his job, and not let the situation drag on.

Sherwood’s recent comments about his future were either delusional or just face-saving, as he repeatedly stated that he believed he would still be the Tottenham manager at the start of the new season.

Not even Sherwood is egotistical enough to believe that he was still regarded as the best man for the job. There were doubts over his future from the moment he was appointed.


In his short tenure as Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has had a lot to say about himself, his team and other teams. Some of it made sense and some of it he should have kept to himself. He showed his inexperience in not picking his moments to speak to the press.

Maybe this was part of the reason that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and the rest of the Spurs hierarchy believed that Sherwood had to leave his job.


The whole thing was a fiasco from the start. Tottenham dismissed Andre Villas-Boas in December after the 5-0 home hammering by Liverpool. Spurs then appointed Tim Sherwood on a temporary basis until they found a suitable replacement.

However, when the coach made a bright start he was handed an 18-month contract, which seemed strange considering he had no previous managerial experience and Tottenham were looking at attempting to qualify for the Champions League.

For me Sherwood was almost just warming the Spurs hot seat until the summer, when Spurs could find a permanent boss to appoint.

Trigger Happy

Tottenham have now become a club synonymous with being trigger happy with their bosses and chairman Daniel Levy has been heavily criticised for his handling of the past few managers and their departures.

However, if Spurs are going to be successful they need to appoint a boss that will provide stability and continuity. That means Levy and the Tottenham hierarchy giving the next boss time to build a team, instead of looking for somebody bigger or better every time they suffer a setback.

Levy is known for his ruthlessness in the transfer market. It seems that he is just as tough when it comes to bosses as well. The new season will be the time for patience for Tottenham.


The current favourite to replace Sherwood is Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is odds of 11/10 to be the next Spurs boss. The Argentinian’s future with the Saints has been in doubt for a while now and the highly-rated former-Espanyol boss could leave St Marys this summer.

Pochettino has instilled a possession-based, attacking style at Southampton, which has led to the likes of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert gain international recognition for England.

Ajax boss Frank de Boer is the second favourite at 5/2 and has claimed that Tottenham have already been in touch with him about the manager’s position. De Boer is highly-rated after winning four consecutive Eredivisie titles.

Other names linked with the job are former-Manchester United boss David Moyes, Everton boss Roberto Martinez and former-Spurs striking hero Jurgen Klinsmann.

Big Job

The Tottenham job is a big one. Whoever comes in will have a lot of players they will need to move on and accommodate, but they will also have lots of expensive players with another year of Premier League football under their belts.

Spurs have got a very decent squad, with a few additions to the squad should be challenging for the Champions League spots again next season, providing the new boss is given enough time to build a team.

If he is not then Spurs are not going to push onto the next level, so Mr Levy I suggest you choose the right man for the job this time and not somebody that is going to be in the job less than six months.

Who should be the next Tottenham boss?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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