Tim Sherwood: The pros and cons for Tottenham

The 43-year-old has been given the White Hart Lane job on a full-time basis, but is it a good move by Daniel Levy?

Following Andre Villas-Boas’ dismissal as Tottenham boss last week, Tim Sherwood has been given the job on a full-time basis.

The 43-year-old has already had a winning start in the Premier League as Spurs boss, beating Southampton 3-2 at St Mary’s at the weekend.

However, is Sherwood the man to lead Tottenham to achieve their ambitions this term?


There is certainly an argument to suggest that Sherwood’s appointment has the potential to be a masterstroke by Daniel Levy.

The new man stepped out for Spurs as a player over the course of three seasons, and has been part of the coaching set-up at the club since 2008. As such, he knows what it means to play for Spurs, has a personal link to the cause and can relay this pride to the current men who walk onto the pitch every match.

Having an English manager may well help the club, and it looks like Sherwood is ready to give young stars a chance too. He replaced Mousa Dembele with Nabil Bentaleb against the Saints, despite the presence of Etienne Capoue on the subs bench also. His commitment to bring young players through can only be good for the north London club.

Sherwood seems to be ready to take no nonsense from the players, with Danny Rose already admitting a strict outlook from the new manager. Attacking football also seems on the menu, with the adoption of a 4-4-2 formation and a more offensive approach on the table.

Finally, instead of bringing a new man in halfway through the season, Sherwood’s appointment will allow some continuation and familiarity for the players.


Straight away the major downside to Sherwood’s appointment is his lack of managerial experience. The 43-year-old has a world of expectation on his shoulders despite the lack of a track record, and will be charged with delivering Champions League football at the first time of asking.

Most managers get a chance to cut their teeth and make their mistakes at a lower level of the game, but Sherwood will be judged at the highest, and most unforgiving level.

With the amount of money spent on the playing squad and the mission to achieve a top four finish, Sherwood seemingly has little room for error.

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