Ex-Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson thinks that Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood won’t be in charge at White Hart Lane at the start of next season, despite their dramatic 3-2 win over Southampton this weekend keeping their top four hopes alive.
In his Daily Mirror column, the Match of the Day pundit said: “Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will be painted as the bad guy, just as he was when Harry Redknapp got the sack. But the [managerial] decision won’t be his.
“It will be that of owner Joe Lewis whether Sherwood gets Tottenham into the top four – against the odds – or not.
“I can just see Joe saying: “We need a top experienced manager to get us over the line and into the Champions League.”
“He has had a taste of the top competition under Harry and wants more. That’s why he won’t want to gamble again next season.
“He has the money to pay for a top-line manager and with the likes of Rafa Benitez (who I think would be a good choice) and Louis van Gaal in the frame I can see movement at White Hart Lane.”
Sherwood had an immediate impact on the side when he was given first team responsibilities - by winning five of their first six Premier League games under him, including a win at Old Trafford against Manchester United - but their form of late has been a little patchy. They currently sit six points off the top four having played a game more than Arsenal - who occupy that final Champions League spot.
Sherwood’s position has been the topic of constant speculation. Louis Van Gaal has openly said he would like to manage in the Premier League – and claimed that he was contacted by the Spurs hierarchy following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in December, and prior to Sherwood’s permanent appointment.
It is unlikely that Benitez would be prised away from Napoli as the side are on course for Champions League qualification in Serie A, and are in the final of the Coppa Italia in the Spaniard’s first season in charge. The bookies also feel it's unlikely with odds as long as 33/1 for the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss to succeed Sherwood.
The bookies seem to think if anyone is going to replace Sherwood it will be Dutchman Van Gaal who is best priced at 13/8.