Current Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood deserves credit for serving his coaching apprenticeship, for gaining knowledge of developing a talent and the need to think of the bigger picture, before heading straight into management.
That is the view of Queens Park Rangers battler Joey Barton, 31, who believes the primary reason for the thriving influx of foreign managers at the turn of the millennium was because their British counterparts at the time had gotten lazy but now there is a new hunger amongst young, English, knowledgeable coaches and Sherwood is modern proof.
Since his succession of Andre Villas-Boas as full-time manager of Spurs, the Lilywhites have returned 16 points from a possible 18 in the Premier League and have only tasted defeat in cup competition - to West Ham United in the League Cup quarterfinal and to Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup.
This after assisting the Spurs teams as a coach for a five year period, from October 2008, all the way to his eventual promotion to the highest position, mid-December, 2013.
Those 16 points in the league have been crucial in obtaining a favourable position in the division and the Spurs are now in a commanding position to battle fourth-placed Liverpool for the final, lucrative spot that will secure Champions League football next season - both clubs are, after all, tied on 43, with a two point cushion over Everton, in sixth.
Towering front-man Emmanuel Adebayor, seemingly frozen out during the AVB reign, is thriving under Sherwood's guidance, and has scored five and assisted twice in six Premier League games since the start of Tim's tenure.
Barton notes that creative midfielder Christian Eriksen, too, is 'flourishing since AVB left.'
For Barton's complete appraisal of Sherwood, see below…
Delighted for Sherwood. Done fantastic so far. Shows what the young, hungry breed of English coaches can do if they put the time in to...— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 19, 2014
..learning the discipline of coaching and player development. The bubble is bursting on foreign coaches. They only stand out because the..— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 19, 2014
..British coaches that have gone before have been to lazy to learn their craft and have spent most of their time and effort trying to be...— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 19, 2014
..managers. Instead of learning how to be coaches and coach players to develop better. Instead of focusing on results and short term gains.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) January 19, 2014
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