Tim Sherwood has had a great deal to say lately about the team but the focus of attention is now falling on the Tottenham manager for his behaviour in the technical area.
Tim Sherwood is always described as being passionate about football and he expects his team to play as he played giving total commitment and endeavour. He is also showing similar attributes as a manager but his actions at the side of the pitch have drawn attention to him with critical comment as its companion. Speaking to Talksport, Gary Mabbutt said of Sherwood,
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Tim throughout his playing career was passionate. He always wore his heart on his sleeve and as a manager he’s no different.
I highlighted Tim Sherwood’s behaviour when I watched the Europa League game against FC Dnipro from the privileged position of the White Hart Lane press box. That night, from the opening seconds to the 96th minute the Spurs manager was all action, up and down from his seat, standing at the side of the pitch berating the officials, shouting at, encouraging his players, urging them on and showing his displeasure when a move broke down or a pass went astray. The object to take the greatest level of abuse, however, was the gate post onto the pitch on which he took out his frustration on more than one occasion.
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In the last ten days, the national press have drawn attention to Sherwood’s bahaviour – first with the altercation with the Benfica manager, Jorge Jesus in the game at White Hart Lane. Then last Sunday, Sherwood caused further talk with his gilet and when he threw the ball back at Sagna of Arsenal. For Thursday’s match in Lisbon, to avoid any further problems with the Benfica coach, Sherwood opted to watch the game from the stands and he is considering continuing with his self-imposed touchline ban.
The Tottenham manager has admitted that he needs to show more self-control when watching the game and has said that he has received calls from experienced managers offering him some advice. He was reported in the Daily Express, saying,
But if I can try to be a bit calmer and not manage on emotion too much, I think it would help. Because I was able to sit up in the stands on Thursday night and make a few notes, you see a different game up there.
The Tottenham players are reported to be in favour of the change with Sandro commenting,
When Tim came into the dressing room at half-time he could say something as he could see it from he top. Sure it helps, he said, ‘Why didn’t you go and be more positive, as you were so close to scoring a goal?’ He said it as he saw it.
Tim Sherwood’s first game as manager in the Premier League was at Southampton. For that game he went up to watch from the stands but within fifteen minutes had joined the rest of the coaching staff at the side of the pitch. It will be interesting to see if he remains in the stands or whether the urge to be pitch-side, literally kicking every ball, will be too great for him.