The news that Tottenham had appointed coach Tim Sherwood manager until the end of the 2014 - 15 season met with a mixed response from Spurs fans. For some, it was anyone but André Villas Boas, but others worry that the club has merely 'done a Chelsea'.
Tottenham chose to appoint from within with Sherwood - the same as Chelsea did when they, too, sacked AVB in March 2012.
Finding it difficult to attract the right quality candidates for the manager position in-season, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich turned to assistant Roberto Di Matteo until the end of the season. Why not ? He was popular with the players, and could hold the fort for a few games until a high-profile manager could be seduced away from a rival.
Trouble was, Di Matteo took full advantage of those few games - and ended up winning the FA Cup and Champions League. Abramovich was then boxed in a corner, and had no choice but to offer the Italian a 2-year deal. But the Chelsea owner bided his time, and simply waited for Di Matteo to slip up - a run of relatively poor form in the Champions and Premier League saw a management change, as Di Matteo was shown the door in November last year.
Tottenham unveiled Villas Boas as manager in July last year. He lasted just 17 months, despite being the most Tottenham's most successful manager in terms of win-rate in the Premier League era. Club Chairman Daniel Levy is thought to have also struggled to find a manager in-season (or a recognised name that would have 'done a Rafa' and held the fort until season's end). So, up steps Tim Sherwood, who was initially given the job for a couple of games. A rather confident and outspoken individual, Sherwood is thought to have made it clear that he wanted a raise and a long(ish) term contract if he was to do the Tottenham job proper. Boxed into a corner (and with little in the way of other options), Sherwood got a pay increase (he's said to be on $1m a year now), and a deal to the end of next season.
Levy, however, will simply bide his time. Short of silverware in May, expect Tottenham to be in the market for another (more experienced) manager for next season. Paying Sherwood £1m in compensation to go will be relatively cheap. In the meantime, he is just another pawn in the ongoing Daniel Levy Tottenham managerial saga, as the Chairman continues his quest to hire a decent manager who will be fit for purpose - in other words, one who will do everything he says.
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