Tottenham have announced that Tim Sherwood has left the club. The club issued a statement at lunch-time today bringing to an end Sherwood’s five months as manager at Spurs, having replaced Andre Villas-Boas in December.
Tim Sherwood, a former Tottenham player, had returned to White Hart Lane in 2008 as a coach when Harry Redknapp was manager. He later took over responsibility for the Development Squad, working to bring young players through from the Academy. He stepped up as interim manager and then with an 18-month contract last December when AVB was sacked.
There has been constant speculation about Sherwood’s future at the club and the termination of his contract is not unexpected.
The club statement said,
We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option.
The club thanked Sherwood for his work at the Tottenham and wished him well in his future career in management.As I suggested last week, Tottenham needed to take decisive action once the season was over and as expected, after Ledley King’s testimonial was over, Daniel Levy has acted swiftly.
WHO Will be the Next Manager?
Tottenham now embark on the process of finding another manager/head coach as quickly as possible so that they can start to prepare for next season. There are many possible candidates on the list as Danial Levy starts to consider his options – Frank de Boer (Ajax), Roberto Martinez (Everton), Mauricio Pochettinio (Southampton) and Rafa Benitez (Napoli) plus other managers who may be considering a return to club management after the World Cup Finals.
The favourite at present would appear to be Pochettino who has impressed in his 18 months at Southampton but many would prefer Frank de Boer although his talk in the media in Holland may have dealt him a harmful blow. A manager with experience in the Premier League would be Benitez.
Whoever is appointed, they will need to be able to quickly gain the respect of the players to ensure there isn’t an exodus of top players immediately after the World Cup Finals.
Another summer wait for the appointment of a new manager at White Hart Lane – nothing ever really changes!