Now the real test begins for Spurs boss Sherwood

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

He would like to win the Europa League, and qualify for the Champions League.

For Tim Sherwood, now the test really begins for the Spurs boss. After taking over the managerial reigns in December, the side has recovered under his stewardship in terms of their league position and has a good chance of making the Champions League this season, sitting three points behind fourth placed Liverpool.

But now the test really comes for the man who was given the role as Head Coach taking over from Andre Villas-Boas, trying to juggle any European ambitions he has, by trying to win a competition that he has made no secret of saying he’d like to do.

However, the way the competition has been this season for Spurs, it hasn’t exactly worked in their favour when it has come to their league games.

Both of the wins they notched up in the game immediately after their participation in the Europa League have been late shows against Hull City and Cardiff City – the Cardiff win with the last kick, and the Hull win with a penalty that left their manager Steve Bruce feeling aggrieved.

There have been a couple of embarrassing displays afterwards as well, a 3-0 defeat to West Ham United and a 5-0 loss to Liverpool, the frustrating home defeat to Newcastle and they twice let a lead slip against Manchester United.

The challenge that Sherwood needs to get to grips with better than his predecessor managed to is managing the European hangover.

He appears to have tried to address it by leaving in form Emmanuel Adebayor at home – though that might be because of injury problems – as well as Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon, though Villas-Boas did try and change the team around himself.

It is a big challenge, given the form of Spurs after European participation this season to sustain both that challenge, and the pursuit of the fourth Champions League place.

If Sherwood manages to solve that conundrum, whilst there is speculation in the background of Cesare Prandelli taking over from him next season, he will have at least proved something that he can manage at the highest level, and that the Spurs hierarchy may regret it if they were to replace him.

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