It is being reported across the media that Tim Sherwood will leave Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. Louis van Gaal is the preferred option to replace him at White Hart Lane.There has been speculation since Tim Sherwood took over in December from Andre Villas-Boas that his tenure as manager of Tottenham would be short and that he would not see out the 18 months of his contract.
It started in a positive frame for Sherwood with improved results in the Premier league but gradually that early success fell away and recent results plus the manager’s confrontational attitude towards his players, pundits and opposing managers has brought criticism on Sherwood.
SkySports are reporting that Sherwood will relinquish his position in the summer but could be offered a post on the coaching staff.
Sherwood would not comment on the speculation, only saying,
I’m setting this team up to win a football match for the benefit of the club and the 35,000 Spurs fans who will come and watch. I’ll speak at a later stage.
Sherwood stepped up from a position overseeing the Under-21 team and Development squad to take on the manager’s role. He talked of Tottenham playing with a greater freedom and initially that seemed to be the case but gradually performances have declined and have been very similar to those under AVB – difficulty breaking teams down and capitulating when faced with top teams. There has been an apparent lack of application from the players and little direction on the pitch.
The news of Sherwood’s expected departure will be a relief to many fans who have been greatly discouraged this season which had started in such an optimistic frame. If that is the case the next step for Daniel Levy is to ensure he acquires the services of his preferred choice of manager and isn’t left in mid-July trying to persuade a manager to come to White Hart Lane – someone who is his second, third or even fourth choice for the position.
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