Should Sherwood do an AVB in Europe...or a Redknapp?

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood is facing a dilemma in the Europa League.

Does Tim Sherwood go for broke or rest his players for the Premier League? It's one of football management's unanswered questions.

Depending on who you speak to, of course, the Champions League's little brother is a competition well worth winning.

Former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas would tell you it deserves the utmost respect. A winner of the tournament with FC Porto, the Portuguese was an avid believer in fielding his strongest side for European competition on a Thursday night.

But the late nights eventually caught up with the Tottenham players. Last season, Villa-Boas's side finished fifth, just outside of the Champions League places, and could well have improved on that had they not concentrated so hard on their Europa League bid.

Perhaps, then, Sherwood could follow the belief system of AVB's predecessor: Harry Redknapp.

During his time at White Hart Lane, Redknapp made it clear he had more important priorities than the Europa League. It clearly benefited his side's league form, with two fourth-place finishes in three seasons.

As Tottenham prepare to face another of their former managers in Juande Ramos at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, though, there is another factor in play for Sherwood.

Indeed, reports this season have frequently suggested that the 45-year-old will be replaced as Spurs manager at the end of the campaign.

As such, he faces a situation not unlike that of Rafa Benitez at Chelsea last term. If Sherwood is only in north London on a temporary basis, should he care whether the club finish in the Champions League?

Why shouldn't he just win himself a trophy and focus on the short term?

But what if Sherwood could keep the job in the long run with a top-four finish?

These are all questions the Spurs boss may well be pondering. Meanwhile, a lot will depend on whether he truly believes Tottenham can make the top four...

So does Sherwood do an AVB in Europe...or does he do a Redknapp?

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