Can Tim Sherwood take Tottenham forward and make them exciting again?

Tim Sherwood will take charge of Tottenham Hotspur for now, after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked Monday morning, but how will he do, asks Louis East?

Tim Sherwood will take charge of Tottenham for now, after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked on Monday morning, the club has confirmed.

The former Spurs man has been handed the role of coaching the first team for their Capital One Cup tie against West Ham tonight, and it is possible that he could remain in charge beyond then, with the chance to show the club’s board that he may well be the right man for the job.

A club statement made by Tottenham did not make it clear as to what time-scale Sherwood would be operating on:

“The Club can announce that Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand will take charge of the First Team whilst the Club progresses discussions. Steffen Freund and Tony Parks continue as part of the coaching staff.”

Although plenty of candidates are being tipped to take over the reigns at Spurs, Sherwood and co. will be responsible for guiding Spurs into the semi-finals of the league cup tonight, and there are plenty of reason’s for Spurs fans to be optimistic about their chances under new management.

The former Tottenham captain has been a coach at Spurs since 2008, when Harry Redknapp brought him in. He has been in control of Spurs’ youth sides, effectively managing the under-21’s alongside Les Ferdinand for the past few seasons.

The under 21’s have improved greatly since Sherwood has been in command, and have scored plenty of goals, something the first-team has really struggled to do this term.

Interestingly, Emmanuel Adebayor has been brought back into the first-team after Villas-Boas had left him training with the ‘development squad’, as Sherwood immediately tries to bring goals back into the side.

The 44-year old will get Spurs playing an attractive style once more, and it is likely that the side will lineup with two strikers, something that many fans have felt needing addressing.

The under-21’s have played a simple 4-4-2 formation throughout the season and it is likely that Sherwood adopt the same tactics with the first-team on Wednesday night.

The concern will be the lack of first-team managerial experience from the Spurs dugout. This Tottenham side is full of top-quality players and it will be intriguing to see whether or not Sherwood can bring the best out in the likes of Eric Lamela and Roberto Soldado, something Villas-Boas ultimately could not do.

The dugout will be packed full of former Spurs players tonight with Sherwood, Ferdinand and Steffen Freund all calling the shots from the touchline, and with 313 Tottenham appearances between them, they will know exactly what the fans will want.

Though it will be the current crop of players that will have the last say, as the performance tonight must be vastly greater than that during the 5-0 thumping by Liverpool.

While it is unclear just how long Sherwood and co. will be in charge, it is expected that they will have a chance to prove their worth to the Spurs hierarchy as the club attempts to improve this season’s worryingly inconsistent form in the league.

However, tonight they have the chance to guide Spurs into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, something they desperately need to lift the club’s spirits.

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