The 45-year-old former Spurs player took the reigns at White Hart Lane back in December replacing Andre Villas-Boas. Despite some initially promising performances and results under Sherwood, including the return to the team of striker Emmanuel Adebayor, the boss’ future now hangs in the balance following Spurs’ 1-0 defeat to rivals Arsenal in the North London derby last weekend.
The team’s next test will be to try and overturn their 3-1 defeat to Benfica in the Europa League this evening as the media continue to inquire into the validity of rumours he could be replaced imminently by Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal this summer after the World Cup in Brazil.
Furthermore, the boss accused the Dutch coach of ‘shouting’ for the job as former Spurs striker also suggested this week that there are external influences attempting to sway the club in Van Gaal’s favour.
“People ask me this all the time, he [Van Gaal] is obviously destined to want to manage in England,’ Sherwood said.
“He has got a good track record, he is a good manager and I’m sure he’ll get his opportunity: he’s been shouting loud enough for it.”
Robbie Keane who moved from Tottenham to LA Galaxy in 2011 and worked under Sherwood during his two years at White Hart Lane echoed the Spurs boss’ comments, hinting Van Gaal’s representatives could be behind the rumours as he discussed the challenges faced by British managers such as Sherwood in the modern era in the Premier League.
"Tim Sherwood has been in the job for two months and there is talk about bringing in other managers. I don't know whether that's come from the club, which I hope not, I would be surprised if it is, or it is just people just talking, but it's certainly coming from somewhere because they keep mentioning these certain names," explained Keane.
Perhaps there is substance to the assertion Louis van Gaal is eyeing a move to England after the World Cup and is therefore trying to engineer a vacancy for himself but, regardless, Tim Sherwood’s future at White Hart Lane remains in his own hands.