In what was possibly Tim Sherwood’s final pre-match press conference as Tottenham manager, he remained defiant to the end.
Through his time in charge at Tottenham, Tim Sherwood has used his press conferences to speak out against issues and situations that have not pleased him. On previous occasions he has been critical of his team’s performance, commented on the situation with individual players, spoken against managers who he seen as ‘touting’ for his job and talked of the fans preference for ‘star’ players rather than supporting young players who have come through the Academy at White Hart Lane.
In his press conference ahead of the game against Aston Villa, which will in all probability be his final game in charge at Spurs, Sherwood spoke of the uncertainty about his future at the club creating a lack of respect for his position over the past five months.
He described himself as being like a ‘supply’ teacher who never received the same respect as a permanent teacher or the head teacher in a school. BBC Sport reported Sherwood’s comment,
This comment was made in relation to Sandro’s comment in an interview during the past week when he said that the manager would be leaving in the summer. Sherwood said,
If you have a supply teacher who comes into your school, sometimes they’re not treated with the respect that a headmaster is.
I have had a lot of players come to me and say their agents have told them that I’m not going to be here next year.
He said that he was not sure if the Chairman had spoken to Sandro but it made his position very difficult.
It is a very difficult situation but I have got to get on with it.
Assessment of Time as Manager
Commenting on his time in charge, Sherwood was quoted in an article in the London Evening Standard saying,
I think I’ve handled it all right to be honest. It’s a good squad, there have been a lot of injuries, and key players have been missing awful lot.
Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) tweeted this comment from Sherwood,
Sherwood: "My win percentage stands on its own. It’s better than anyone’s in the Premier League, so what more could I have done really?"
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) May 9, 2014
In his assessment of his time at Tottenham, he said,
Our points accumulated over period of when I’ve been at club takes us into top four, so not sure I could have done much more.
On his future, Sherwood said,
………..being a manager, it is something I want to be long-term.
However, when asked if he would be a manager, somewhere, at the beginning of next season he said he wasn’t confident.
He insists that he will have to wait next week to hear what is happening but he has been preparing for next season, identifying players that he would like the club to sign.
In this final quote, we know what he’s saying.
What I have learned is that you can’t win unless you win. No-one wants anything dressed up. If you win, it covers over a multitude of sins.