Given the contract length for Spurs' new head coach, along with the names linked with the job. It begs the question whether Sherwood really was the first choice
So the madness and hysteria surrounding the position of manager/head coach has come to an end at Tottenham Hotspur with Tim Sherwood officially announced as Andre Villas-Boas successor until the end of next season.
A short deal, but it’s a lot of faith to put in a man who hasn’t had any managerial experience at this level apart from the two games he has taken charge of so far this season.
Spurs obviously want a top four finish given they spent in excess of £100m on players during the summer – sorry to remind people of that yet again but it is a big factor – and the players have yet to really gel.
To be given the task of achieving Champions League qualification in his first season, and to juggle the Europa League and the FA Cup is going to be a big ask.
But given the links to foreign manager such as Fabio Cappello, Luis van Gaal and Frank de Boer in the past two weeks, has Chairman Daniel Levy given the job to Sherwood because those candidates didn’t want the job?
The only other person who appeared to offer his services in any way was former player and manager Glenn Hoddle.
In their statement they said: ‘We are in the fortunate position of having within our club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood.
‘We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward.’
Though he is already fairly familiar with the squad and learning about the players will have taken less time than if anyone from outside the club were to come in, but it does appear to be a quick fix whilst Levy looks for someone else to take charge of the club for the long term. If Sherwood was his first choice, would Spurs have been linked with De Boer and Van Gaal?
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