The rumour mill went into overdrive yesterday prior to Tottenham’s match against Sunderland, with manager Tim Sherwood apparently having been told that his services would not be required beyond the end of this season. The same rumour mill falsely told us that he knocked out a member of his squad last Sunday, but this particular story did appear to have more legs. All the major media outlets were reporting similar things and going on what was said or not said in his post-match interview last night, I can’t see Tim Sherwood being Tottenham boss come the start of our next campaign.
It was always going to be a gamble appointing Tim Sherwood but Daniel Levy was in a situation that I personally felt suited someone like Sherwood coming in. Most of the players would have had some kind of pre-existing relation with the new boss and while he had no first team Premier League managerial experience, he had been a part of the Spurs coaching staff for a number of years. When Sherwood took the helm, a top four finish was probably just out of our reach, and following the victory over Sunderland, we are in roughly the same position. It would need a minor miracle for Tottenham to finish ahead of both Arsenal and Everton and snatch fourth spot now, but stranger things have happened.
Whether the blame lies with AVB, Baldini or both, Tim Sherwood inherited a squad low on confidence and a defence which is nothing short of shambolic at times. There is no doubt he has made mistakes, but I think Sherwood has done a reasonably good job overall. Tottenham face a trip to West Brom this coming Saturday and those of you looking for a punt on the weekend’s footy can back Spurs at odds of 2.34, while the home side are on offer at 3.1. The draw can be backed at the 3.3 mark. I think that Spurs may well have to settle for a point at The Hawthornes with Pepe Mel’s side coming off the back of an excellent victory away at Norwich. They will be desperate to build on that result to try and ensure their Premier League survival. If Tottenham do fail to collect all three points however, I fear their slim Champions League hopes will be over.