So they finally gave Sherwood the push? Not really surprising as I’ve been predicting this since he found he couldn’t find the tactics to beat any of the top 4 teams. The final league winners thrashed us twice. Liverpool, runners up, thrashed us twice. Chelsea we did get a draw at White Hart Lane, but we lost on their ground. As for Arsenal who finished 4th place; they beat us three times (including knocking us out of the FA Cup). When he took over from AVB we were in all competitions, then we weren’t. When AVB was sacked we were 5 points behind fourth spot. When the season closed Sherwood managed to put another 5 points distance between ourselves and Arsenal (in 4th spot), including having Everton between us and Arsenal.
Most, if not all, our matches under his tutelage were dire. We either start poorly and only managed to pull it together in the second half or we managed to play OKish in the first half and then play terrible in the second half (scoring 3 goals against struggling AV before giving up in the second half).
When you sack a manager you sack him because you feel that that manager can offer no more and a new pair of hands can add something new. In the case of TS replacing AVB it achieved nothing. We were lucky that we managed to finish 6th and that was because of the crap season United had. If it wasn’t for them we would not only be 7th but we also wouldn’t be in the Europa league.
To be fair I do have some sympathy for Sherwood; he was thrown in the deep end. That is hard enough for an experienced manager, but an impossible task for a greenhorn. Looking back we should never have sacked AVB. We should have given him until the end of the season, see how he had performed and then made a judgement. All we ended up doing is sacking two managers in a season; which I think is a first for Spurs. At least in the modern game.
Talking to fans I found most wanted him gone. When I went to the Ledley King Testimonial and Sherwood name came up – to play – there was a few poos. Of course that could have been light hearted. Nevertheless talking to people around me and in the Spurs hospitality lounge they were all discussing who the next manager should be; not an overwhelming vote of confidence for Sherwood.
On the positive side; Levy was right to act quickly and decisively. Now we must look for a manager to lead us to the next stage. There have been many names thrown in the ring. Whatever manager or coach one picks we will have to wait and see how the team performs. But the new manager won’t have an easy task ahead of him. First he’s got to get those million star flops into a working machine. Plus he has to make sure that any new signings has his approval. Even then there is not certainty. Just hope and a few fingers crossed.
If Sherwood had been manager for next season then I think most Spurs fans heads would be down all season (unless he could have miraculously pulled a rabbit out of the hat; which nobody believed he could, certainly not Levy). But now we can go into the new season with our heads held high and hope (as we always do when a new season is upon us) for a top 4 placing and maybe a trophy or two as well…
OK, maybe I am being overly optimistic to expect first season miracles as it might take a season or two (however, nobody told Martinez this). Of course time to develop in the real world might be realistic and encouraged, but in the world of Millionaire and Billionaire owners of football play things, instant success is a prerequisite or expect to be shafted. As Moyes found out to his cost.
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