Tim Sherwood has been placed in charge of Tottenham following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas on Monday morning. He is to take responsibility for the team in the Capital One Cup match against West Ham and Sunday’s Premier League game at Southampton. This will enable Chairman, Daniel Levy, and the Board to assess their options with regards finding an immediate replacement. Sherwood is to be assisted by Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey while Steffen Freund and Tony Parks will remain on the staff.
Tim Sherwood started his football career with two years at Watford and then he had three seasons at Norwich City. He was transferred to Blackburn Rovers in 1992 where he remained for 7 seasons making almost 250 league appearances for the Lancashire club. He captained Blackburn to second place in the Premiership and then won the title the following season, 1994-95.
He was signed for Tottenham by George Graham in January, 1999 although he had been linked with the club the previous summer. He made his England debut at 30 years of age, shortly after joining Tottenham and won 3 caps. He made 118 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 16 goals and was appointed captain. He was a member of the 2002 Worthington Cup Final team which lost to his former club Blackburn.
He left Spurs for Portsmouth in January, 2003 after falling out with manager, Glenn Hoddle. He broke his leg playing against Spurs the following December and on being released by Portsmouth in the summer of 2004 he spent a season with Coventry before retiring.
Return to White Hart Lane
Sherwood returned to Tottenham when appointed by Harry Redknapp in 2008 as a coach and took charge of the Development squad of young professionals. He is highly rated at White Hart Lane and it was thought that he might take on greater responsibility when Andre Villas-Boas was appointed in 2012.
The club was approached by Blackburn and Brighton about the possibility of Sherwood taking up an appointment as their manager but he chose to remain with Spurs. He has been put in temporary charge for the next two games but that could extend for a longer period as Daniel Levy assesses the situation.
He is to be assisted as Head Coach by the former Tottenham striker, Les Ferdinand and youth coach Chris Ramsey who assisted Peter Taylor with the England Under-20 squad at the World Cup last summer.
Sherwood’s first task will be to establish a settled team which can score goals and win games with more stylish football than AVB produced this season. A win over West Ham and a Capital One Cup semi-final would be a good start and raise the spirits at White Hart Lane after some very disappointing days.