Poor performance, average players, negative tactics. Every forum raises the same points:

Dawson, Rose, Naughton not good enough!!

Is Bentaleb related to Sherwood?

Has Eriksen and Sherwood fallen out?

But realistically that puts us 6 points behind Liverpool and we have to go to Anfield so barring a miracle, we will not be playing Champions League Football next season.

So where do we go from here…

1. We offer Van Gaal the job and he takes over after the World Cup because I don’t think Tim is ready and without Champions League football, we won’t be able to attract any major signings. Van Gaal is respected worldwide so players will want to play under him.

2. Try and tie down Lloris and Vertonghen to longer deals. We all know what Levy is like at the negotiating table so getting away Spurs is never straightforward. I’m hoping the appointment of Van Gaal may persuade them to stay another year and form the spine of our team.

3. Transfer negotiations always begin unofficially and behind the scenes before official contact between the clubs is made. So why can’t Baldini work with our future manager and start sounding out potential  new players because after the World Cup, transfer fees always inflate.

This appointment of Tim has worked out better than I initially expected because taking Adebayor off when we were 1 up in the Carling Cup Quarter Final raised some serious doubts. Games against City, Arsenal and now Norwich have shown more naivety tactically which is bound to happen being a young manager. The players do seem to be playing with much more freedom However, Champions League football is what we ALL want so can anyone really see Sherwood taking us into the Top 4 next season?