Spurs legend: "Sherwood needs to deal with speculation"

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Former Tottenham defender Gary Mabbutt has praised manager Tim Sherwood, but says the rookie boss needs to learn to deal with rumours.

Sherwood took over from Andre Villas-Boas in November, and has done an admirable job so far but his frustrations appeared to get the better of him after his Spurs side were demolished 4-0 by Chelsea at weekend, as Sherwood not only criticised his players but also the board.

With speculation surrounding his future and the potential arrival of Dutch international manager Louis van Gaal, it's no wonder Sherwood is seeking some job security, and Tottenham hero Mabbutt suggests that it's steep learning curve for the first-time manager, and that he has done a great job in charge so far.

“If you’re in the realms of being a football manager, speculation about your role happens every single week. Whether your team is winning, losing, there’s always speculation. It’s one of those professions where no matter what happens there’s always going to be questions asked.

“The only time you believe any of it, is when something definitely happens. I’ve said before Tim’s doing a fantastic job. I think Tim’s learned very quickly. Going from the role he had to being the first team manager was a very different role and a big step up. Everyone has to be impressed with what he’s achieved.”

It seems that Sherwood will be out of the White Hart Lane hotseat in the summer, and a potential move to League One side Swindon has already been mooted, but the former England international took over the team at a tough time and has dragged the team out of the doldrums during his stay with the club - but it's understandable that chairman Daniel Levy would want to seek somebody more experienced in the summer.

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