He has been at it again; the cutting Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood has again given his players a stern and very public acknowledgement of his feelings over their current failings.
In his press conference earlier today, ahead of a Europa League tie with Benfica, he stated:
“A lot of the players here are playing for their futures. They know that now. They have to show they want to play for a giant of a club like Tottenham … I want players here to prove they want to be here. I hope my comments can have a galvanising effect. They know how I am, they know how I felt about what happened. We've got to move on, we can’t dwell on it...”
"You need to show a bit more gut and not want to be someone's mate all the time and it can't always be me having a pop - they have to drag it out of each other. It hurts me. I'm not going to forget this by the time we hit the motorway.”
It was truly a shockingly stark and bleak assessment from the Spurs boss, who took over from Andre Villas-Boas earlier in the season, and has split opinion.
Many believe that he is right to publicly condemn his high-salaried ‘stars’ if they are not performing to the level they should be.
But others feel it has a whiff of the ‘Di Canio’s’ about it - dirty laundry in public … so to speak.
One such person is a former Tottenham star.
Former Spurs striker turned Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker played over 100 games for Spurs and scored goals for fun.
And he does not feel Sherwood needs to be as public about the internal affairs of the club - believing it can only lead in one direction:
Fascinating, honest but ultimately, I feel, unwise public condemnation of his own players by Tim Sherwood. Private, always the best way.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 12, 2014
There is no quicker way to lose the confidence and trust of your players than to slag them off publicly.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 12, 2014