Two former Spurs men discuss Sherwood's player-slating comments

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Glenn Hoddle and Jamie Redknapp had contrasting views on the Spurs manager’s criticism of his players after the weekend defeat.

After a competent first-half showing against Chelsea, Tottenham were guilty of capitulating at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, losing 4-0.

In the aftermath of the game, Tim Sherwood openly admitted that his players lacked character and guts, stating that there some of his stars that he could not count on.

This open, honest and frank approach from the former midfielder has invoked contrasting views from Glenn Hoddle and Jamie Redknapp.

Hoddle stated that he could understand Sherwood’s frustration but felt that he should have kept his grievances to himself.

"It's a different era now," he told Sky Sports.

"I agree he was very honest but personally that's something you say in the dressing room to the players. You might come out and disguise what your feelings are.

"Management is about when things are going wrong. When you're playing well and winning, it's easy to be a manager of a Premier League side.

"He's being tested now. His testing time is coming now because of this result and other results like Norwich away. That's when Tim Sherwood is going to be tested as a manager.

"But it's not his fault that his players went and made those mistakes, they were individual mistakes.

"That's not down to the manager. He didn't set them up to make those mistakes."

Despite Hoddle’s thoughts, Jamie Redknapp stated that Sherwood’s honesty was refreshing and that the Tottenham fans would relate to his comments.

"In a way for a lot of people, that is refreshing because he's probably saying what every Tottenham fan thinks tonight," he said.

"It's very easy to turn around and say 'we did alright and needed a bit of luck here and there', but he was just honest and straight down the line.

"People are talking about Tottenham having to get into fourth if he's going to keep his job. I find that absolutely ridiculous.

"They have finished fourth twice in the last 23 years, so what makes them have a divine right to finish fourth this year?

"The players they bought in the summer - Capoue, Chadli, Lamela, Paulinho, Eriksen... half of them weren't even playing today and were on the bench.

"If Tim wants to build a squad and a team capable of competing to get in the top four, they have somehow got to be signing better players to be part of that squad.

"What I will say is that is a man who is going to live and die by this. He is going to tell his players exactly what he thinks, whether they like it or not.

"This is probably not the modern way of doing things and if Tim doesn't like it, then he probably won't play them next week."

Tottenham’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four look slight now, with a deficit to make up and a tough March fixture list to negotiate.

The North London side take on Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday before hosting local rivals Arsenal next weekend.

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