The day has finally come for Sherwood. After only five months in charge of Tottenham, the learn-on-the-job manager has been sacked.
Spurs supporters could probably have seen this coming for several weeks now. Despite a very hot start to his managerial career, Sherwood’s Spurs cooled down considerably to sit in 6th place on the table. Spurs also barely eked out qualification for European football next season with a little help from Fair Play and bitter rivals, Arsenal, in the FA Cup Finals.
The decision to move on from Sherwood will ultimately prove to be positive. While quite spirited, Tim Sherwood never showed much acumen for the kind of tactics or player management needed in the Premier League. Spurs would do well to look for a coach that the players respect and who will respect his own players. Years of experience, especially in the Premier League, will likely be a deciding factor this time around.
Among the names being thrown around for the open job are Louis van Gaal, Mauricio Pochettino, Frank de Boer, Massimiliano Allegri, and David Moyes.
Pochettino and de Boer have the most upside, and hiring one of these two would suit Tottenham’s vision long term. Moyes is a risk and he might not even want to risk the job, given his Man Utd compensation and the risk of back-to-back big club failures. Watching Tim Sherwood’s Spurs gave us some indication of who should leave the club and who should stay. Whoever the next manager is has the big task of sorting out which players still want to play for Spurs and which ones do not.
Here is the official statement from Spurs’ Chairman, Daniel Levy:
“We appointed Tim mid-season as someone who knew both the players and the Club.
“We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option.
“Since appointing Tim as Assistant First Team Coach in 2008 and then as Technical Co-ordinator in 2010 and Head of Football Development in 2012, we have been supportive of him during football management changes throughout that period. On behalf of the Club, I should like to state our thanks for all his efforts during his years with us. We wish him great success in his managerial career.
“Moving forward, now the season is over, we shall embark on the process of finding a new Head Coach. We have a talented squad and exciting young players coming through. We need to build on this season, develop our potential and inspire the kind of performances that we associate with our great Club.”