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Tottenham’s hot seat: Should Sherwood stay? Pochettino report emerges

Apr 29, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

Just how well is Sherwood doing at Spurs, anyway? Getty Images

The Daily Mirror claims that Southampton wizard Mauricio Pochettino is the No. 1 target for Spurs if and when they move on from current manager Tim Sherwood. The Argentine has worked wonders at St. Mary’s and would be ideal for many teams — including Manchester United, in my opinion — and is tipped to skip Southampton should the club lose Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and/or other top young players.

This latest report is sure to add to Sherwood’s frustrations, given his recent ponderings on why he keeps being tipped for the firing line given his decent record playing with somebody’s else’s players.

Sherwood was handed an 18-month contract after the firing of Andre Villas-Boas late in 2013 and has posted a record of 11 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses in the Premier League. That’s exactly half a Premier League season, 19 matches, and protracts out to a 22W-6D-10L campaign worth 72 points.

That figure would have them in fifth or sixth place this season (they’re in sixth now). It would have them finish in the following spots over the past few years: 5th in 2012/13, 3rd in 2011/12, 2nd in 2010/11 and 4th in 2009/10. Twice that would’ve been better than they finished and twice the same. Yes, it all means nothing, but you get his point.

And he’s pretty sick of answering questions on the folks set to replace him, what with him being under contract and all.

‘Every press conference I do it’s, “This manager’s coming in” – Van Gaal, then Hoddle, this one and that one,’ Sherwood said. ‘Some of these managers are touting themselves for my job. I don’t think that’s right. 

‘At every press conference at our training centre it’s, “You’re keeping the seat warm for someone else”. Yeah I am, but the seat’s getting quite hot!’ 

Of course that great record includes disaster against most of the big clubs, with crushing losses to Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea on his slate. If Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants his club to be the best in the world, they have t at least show up for games against the best teams in his league.

What do you think? Does Sherwood have a valid claim?

  1. achap39 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Does he have a valid claim? Yes, because other managers are being rumored for the position.

    Does have have any room to talk about how he shouldn’t be on the hot seat? No.

    The whole ‘playing with someone else’s players’ is a fool’s excuse. He was on the bench behind AVB- he knew the talent that was on the club, and he knew the strengths and weaknesses of each and every player before ever being named Manager.

    If he can’t (or is unwilling to) adapt his style when he KNOWS HIS PLAYERS, the fault lies with him. This isn’t a situation where he was an outsider brought in with no knowledge of the team.

    As for being on the hot seat, Sherwood was the boss when Spurs lost in the FA Cup 3rd round. They needed a miracle finish to beat Dnipro- DNIPRO!!!- in the Europa 2nd round, then got embarrassed by Benfica.

    Spurs have won just one of six games, and have been outscored 15-2 under Sherwood against the teams sitting above him in the table.

    Time for Tim to go.

  2. gloryostrich - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    If you want CL or a shot at the EPL title you have to at least put up a fight against the big clubs, and minus the home game vs Chelsea (under AVB) they have shown no sign of wanting to become a big club, under either manager. Problem may not be so much the manager as the quality on the field, besides Eriksen of course.

  3. lyleoross - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Don’t forget what a revamp this was after losing Bale. To come so far after such a major restructure seems decent enough to me. I have to wonder how much better this team would jell next season without yet another managerial change?

  4. leemnichols - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Your point about failing to show against the big boys is the really important one. Sherwood’s record against Liverpool, Chelsea, ManCity and Arsenal this season was 0-0-4, (1 GF, 14 GA). Which is actually slightly worse than AVB’s record against those four: 0-1-3 (1 GF, 13 GA).

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