Ever since the appointment of Tim Sherwood, speculation of a new manger to take the reins of Spurs has been rife.
Initially it was understood that Sherwood was stepping up as the interim manager of Tottenham. A decision that majority of spurs fans expected. When the decision was made to give Tim Sherwood the reins to lead the club on an 18 month contract many of us fans were less optimistic of the clubs appointment due to his lack of experience. However Sherwood prevailed during his probation period and is clearly highly regarded by Levy, players and fans..
Within a couple of successful games under our new manager, speculation began as to whom will take over as the new Spurs boss in the summer.
Of late it has been speculated that Italian Manager Cesare Prandelli was taking over the reins from Sherwood in the summer. That rumour seems to have been quashed and laughed off by both Prandelli and the media.
This week Dutch legend Louis Van Gaal has publicly stated that he will be leaving Holland after the world cup and may seek a challenge in the premiership – quoted in the Guardian saying;
“I will definitely not be in charge for the Euro 2016 qualification campaign. I don’t know where I will go next. Normally I go with my pension, and go to live in Portugal [where he owns a property], but maybe there will come a new challenge. I have said before that a challenge should be a club in the Premier League. That’s a challenge. Maybe Tottenham are coming but, first, we have to go to Brazil.”
Who on earth does Van Gaal think he is? And where does that leave Sherwood and the squad. Every time Spurs lose a game, a pandemic occurs within the media and creates hysteria among fans stating that Spurs will hire the next “special one”. Players seem to be conceding and stating that a move is on the cards. Irresponsibly the actions of Louis Van Gaal only adds to the panic of a so called disaster season we’re having.
Statistics show that this time last year we were sitting on 51pts from 27 games, 15 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses. This time last year Gareth Bale was freely roaming the attacking half, dazzling us all with his speed, tricks and wonder goals. This year we are sitting on 50pts from 27 games. 15 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses. This year we have an influx of new players, a few changes in staff and what looks to be a team piecing together.
Norwich was a heavy loss. Even Sherwood found it impossible to charm us with his fight and pride for the game. Sherwood clearly knows what is at stake, with the pressures of the media urging him to polish up his CV ready for the summer.
Sherwood is having a taste of where he naturally belongs as a retired footballer and longs to keep his position, so will use his little time and experience to improve in the areas that need improving. The players seem to like and respect Sherwood enough to give him a chance. And we can’t blame the likes of Vertonghan yearning for champions league football. He’s a world class player and believe it or not we have a couple more of world class players in our squad. Anybody would be frustrated after a game like we played against Norwich. But we pick ourselves up, keep our heads in the game and focus on the task at hand. Hugo Lloris was quoted on Monday on the Spurs website saying
“We need to learn from this game and on Thursday, we have a big match in the Europa League and then next weekend, Cardiff. It’s important to have a good response.”
It’s clear to me that the players at Tottenham, both old and new want to persevere and actually fight for a champions league spot, regardless of their stature. Just sitting back and allowing a loss or two to deplete the squad is not of character of Spurs or a part of our nature. Let the boy’s swing their heads around now and then, it’s good for them. It reminds them that they are who they are and it can keep up a players confidence. We need those in the lime light to show off to the world and win us games.. or save them.
We robbed ourselves of 3pts on Sunday. Norwich did play well and their players fought very hard for their manager Chris Hughton following the pressures of the last few weeks, they deserved to win.
Dnipro to play at home on Thursday Night and Cardiff on Sunday will hopefully show that ambition we have been thriving on for some years now. The big test lies on the fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, of which we tend to really battle on the day. Taking points from the big teams can still cause a world of chaos at the top. But let’s concentrate on Dnipro, Thursday and Cardiff on Sunday. Gain a little confidence and find some goals.
Sherwood has a big task at hand, and has to lead and win as many games as he can until the end of the season. And regardless or not of him being the manager of the Spurs this summer, Tim will still fight right up until the final whistle blows.
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