Tim Sherwood [Photo: Alan Hill]

Tottenham's Tim Sherwood vs Swansea's Michael Laudrup

When Andre Villas-Boas was sacked last month, Michael Laudrup, the Swansea manager, was one of the names put forward as a possible replacement. Now Tim Sherwood is in charge at White Hart Lane.

It was great to get another 3 points at Swansea. Equal 4th. The best away run since Bill Nicholson’s days. We have caught up with Liverpool, a remarkable recovery from the match of shame. We are starting to look like a team instead of a bunch of strangers. Dare we hope we could get revenge against Man City? Sunday’s performance at least gave me hope. Nothing’s impossible. Eriksen gets better with every game and Adebayor is holding on to his form for now.

Laudrup v Sherwood

Michael Laudrup [Photo: Alan Hill]

Michael Laudrup [Photo: Alan Hill]

I can’t help but feel sorry for Michael Laudrup. The pundits are saying he has been rumbled, along with other foreign coaches like Andre Villas-Boas who arrived with their projects of pretty possession football.

They say opponents have realised that you can let them have all the possession they like on their side of the half way line, moving ever sideways and back.

The stats for Sunday’s match show that Swansea with 642 passes outpassed Spurs who completed 499 passes. The home side also had more possession than Tottenham in both halves, 55.3% in the first half and 57.2% after the interval.

At the moment they are feting Sherwood’s more English direct approach. The thing is, Laudrup doesn’t want to go just sideways and back. He has a small squad and is missing his best forward. He hasn’t been able to play Michu and Bony together.

If he could, Swansea’s situation would be much different. And Sherwood is proving not to be a one-trick pony either, changing players’ positions according to the situation.

It might not be his fault but the strain is now showing on Laudrup’s face, which until Sunday was always relaxed and quick to smile, even in defeat. He now has that haunted look. What a contrast to Tim Sherwood in their post-match interviews.


Tags: Michael Laudrup Passing Soccer Tim Sherwood Tottenham Hotspur

  • zero-0

    Laudrup us WAY over rated. He had success at Brondby, thats like AVB having success at Porto, anyone can do it!
    But then he goes to Getafe for 11 months! where his win percentage drops closer to 40%.
    Russia comes next where he only had 14 games in charge of Spartak Moscow and again was less than one year.
    Spain again this time he went over one year at Mallorca, he did 14 months!
    Now at Swansea since 2012.

    Laudrup does quick hits taken over people and simply improving on the last years performance then runs away because he can not sustain his form. Once he gets the chance to actually put his style into the team, they do bad. Swansea are evidence of this now they are fighting relegation as he has had his chance to put his changes into the team rather than just picking up the reins from someone else.

    Sherwood MIGHT be the same type of person. Sherwood has picked up AVB reins just as Di Matteo did. Di Matteo has shown he is a 1 season wonder to. MK Dons, 1 season. WBA wasn’t exactly the highlight of his career where he was good for one season then sacked the same as at Chelsea.

    Di Matteo, Laudrup, these two guys are the same in their management fashion. They are quick win guys only but have no long term success which is what Spurs need.

    • Logan Holmes

      As with a young player, the second season for a manager is always more difficult – other teams have rumbled your style and system. Laudrup looks bewildered at the moment with Swansea. They started well against Spurs but once they’d gone behind they had no response which is never a good sign. He took over a good side from Brendan Rodgers but it doesn’t look good for them at present although there are worse teams in the PL so they will probably survive the drop.

      It’s started well for Sherwood but we’ll have to wait and see how he gets on in the coming weeks when we have a number of ‘big’ games.