Dec 22, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT
Tim Sherwood may not be in a position to be demand answers from Tottenham, but if the interim boss’s comments after today’s win at Southampton are any indication, he plans on seeking them anyway. Coming off a 3-2 win at the Saints, the 44-year-old said “I need to know what they’re thinking” in regards to the club’s decision makers, claiming “I don’t want this job for five minutes.”
It seems like it’s only been five minutes since Sherwood took over, having been appointed manager in a temporary capacity after André Villas-Boas’s Monday dismissal. Sherwood’s first game in change was Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to West Ham in the League Cup, a game were Spurs’ performance was similar to what we saw under Villas-Boas. On Sunday, however, Tottenham found more goals in their 3-2 win at St. Mary’s, with Emmanuel Adebayor providing this second and third since being recalled by Sherwood.
That performance, one that moved Spurs seventh in the Premier League, had Sherwood speaking with confidence after the match. From reporting by The Guardian:
“I will have a chat with the chairman and see what’s best for the club,” he said. “I need to know what they’re thinking. I don’t want this job for five minutes. That’s of no interest to me …
“There are some great candidates out there for this job. It’s a massive club, with history and tradition, but whatever happens needs to be right for me, too …”
Sherwood is 44 years old and has never managed before, and while he carries a wealth of playing experience (18 years, mostly in the Premier League), there’s little evidence he will be a successful Premier League manager. This caretaker role is his first chance to flash some potential, something that’s difficult to do in just two matches.
Yet Sherwood’s coming close to issuing an ultimatum. While he isn’t saying he’ll walk if he’s not given the full-time job, he is saying he has “no interest” in a short-term role. Does that mean he’d go back to his job as technical coordinator and forego coaching if Daniel Levy said he may not get the permanent job?
Or what if Levy conceded Sherwood’s merely unlikely to get the full-time role? Maybe Spurs have other people in mind, candidates they’ve been looking at for some time. Would it be wise for Sherwood, a man who clearly wants the job, to walk away rather than try to convince his boss of his virtues?
Perhaps Sherwood’s remarks were made in a spirit the flattened, transcribed words couldn’t capture, but from a man who has won one match as a top-flight manager, they seem too bold. Particularly from a employee who has been with Tottenham since 2008 (and spent four years as a player), you’d expect more tact when talking about a club which may want to explore other options.
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Apr 20, 2014, 3:53 AM EDT
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Apr 20, 2014, 1:05 AM EDT
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Apr 19, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT
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Apr 19, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT
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