Dec 20, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT
With the gears of Tottenham Hotspur’s managerial search churning and chugging away, interim manager Tim Sherwood is pleading with the board to look no further.
In a vehement display of desire, Sherwood explained how he’s not just the best candidate, he’s the only correct choice.
Sherwood went so far as to call Spurs, the club he spent four years at as a player, “my club.”
“It’s not right to keep changing manager,” said Sherwood. “I know all about the football club. I played here, it’s my club. I know what the supporters want. I know what they demand. I know the players we have got here and I know the good young talent that is coming through the club.”
He’s also directing the board and Daniel Levy away from other names they may have been in contact with.
“They are all good guys, all good managers,” Sherwood said. “It has got to fit, the club and the manager, to be compatible. It’s not always about the biggest name. He might have done well at another club but he might not do well at this one. It is up to the chairman and the board to make the correct decision which is right for the long-term future of the club.”
Oh, and he thinks he’s worthy of a nice, juicy contract as well.
“From what I’ve been doing and my experience, I think I’d be a long-term appointment but I’m realistic enough to know that you can’t just lose games,” Sherwood insisted. “We will have to speak about long-term with the chairman – it is his decision. If it was down to me I’d be getting a 10-year contract now but football doesn’t work like that.”
Although the prospect of working under a Director of Football and chairman has deterred the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, it doesn’t scare Sherwood in the slightest. “I’ve never known anything different as I’ve never managed without one,” the 44-year-old professed.
Reports have indicated that Ajax’s Frank de Boer has little interest in the position, and both Swansea’s Michael Laudrup and Southampton’s Pochettino have publicly removed themselves from the conversation.
Sherwood hasn’t had much of a chance to show both the club and supporters his plans for the near future, and ideally he would get a few shots at impressing each group, but if Tottenham get the opportunity to snatch a bigger name, it would most likely be very hard to resist.
Tottenham will play their second match under Sherwood’s direction – their first in the Premier League – at Southampton on Sunday at 8:30am ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
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