Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has opened up his relationship with Daniel Levy and his brief experience in the North London managerial hot-seat.
Sherwood took over in the December of 2013 after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked just a few months into his second season in charge.
Tottenham had sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world record fee the previous summer and brought in a whole host of signings, most of whom struggled to make an impact.
It was Sherwood who was asked to pick up the pieces midway into the season and he initially did quite well after he gave the Spurs players freedom to express themselves.
However, results eventually suffered and Sherwood certainly did not mince his words while criticising some of the players.
The former Spurs boss has now admitted that he always knew that he was holding fort for a temporary period before Mauricio Pochettino took over the next season.
In an interview with Chris Sutton for the Daily Mail, Sherwood said: “I knew I was holding fort before Pochettino came in. I also knew there was no point in taking over from Andre Villas-Boas and not changing anything. He got sacked for a reason.
“They weren’t winning enough football matches, scoring enough goals, or playing with enough freedom. So I looked at the players. Emmanuel Adebayor, for instance, was being isolated, training with me and the kids.”
The 51-year-old insisted that his relationship with Daniel Levy is “very good” and that he still remains in touch with the Spurs chairman.
When asked if he felt hard done by to be shown the door despite boasting of a 59.1 per cent win ratio, Sherwood responded: “No, because I knew. I knew the job. I knew the script.
“I knew he was ready to come in and they needed someone in the meantime. It would’ve been different if I didn’t know.
“Perhaps I would’ve liked that opportunity, like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United. But I knew it wasn’t my job.”
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Despite his impressive win percentage, it was a depressing time to be a Spurs fan when Sherwood was in charge. He came across as arrogant showman with little substance. Levy absolutely made the right decision to show him the door at the end of the season.
However, I remember the decision to appoint Pochettino not being met with great enthusiasm from Spurs fans, many of whom wanted Louis van Gaal at the time. The rest, as they say, is history.
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