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Have either AVB or Tim Sherwood been given a real chance at Tottenham?

AVB may have had a season beforehand, but there was a major overhaul in the squad, then Tim Sherwood was given the task of trying to get the side into the Champions League.

Tim Sherwood will not be the man guiding Tottenham Hotspur into next season according to Sky Sports.

Sherwood has only been in charge of the first team since December following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas after a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at White Hart Lane.

But since the removal of the former Porto and Chelsea boss, things haven’t really improved.

It was always going to be a difficult season for Tottenham. Having sold their best player in Gareth Bale to Real Madrid – all be it for a rather large fee which was then spent on a vast number of players – there was always going to be an element of transition, a bedding in period for new players.

Once you remove a player of Bale’s ilk from the side you have to find a relatively different way of playing – so have either of the Spurs chiefs had a fair chance at Spurs this season?

The problems that have occurred under Sherwood can mirror those of under AVB. When they have come up against the sides that are challenging for the Premier League title this season – an ambition which may have been held by those within White Hart Lane – they have lost heavily.

An aggregate defeat of 11-1 to Manchester City, 9-0 to Liverpool and a second half capitulation against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge have highlighted problems within the side.

Put simply, there is no quick fix. If the same problems are occurring now as they were under AVB, then one wonders if there was any point in sacking the now Zenit St Petersburg boss?

They still have an expensive striker who is struggling to find the net and are eight points behind their minimum requirement of fourth place – though that could be reduced to five with a win over Sunderland this evening.

It seems as though the board at Spurs thought that Villas-Boas couldn’t get them into the Champions League, and may have pressed the panic button by not having a recognised replacement lined up.

If we have a look at a comparison at the number of points that either manager has picked up during the season, there is little difference between them having played 16 games apiece.

Tottenham Hotspur 27 16
Tottenham Hotspur 29 16

Some will say that the turnover of managers is the reason that Tottenham haven't fulfilled their potential despite spending in excess of £100m in the summer on players. But after such an overhaul, one would think that more than 16 league games is needed to get to grips with the squad, to identify a way to get the best out of the side as a unit. It simply feels like it isn't enough time.

Also, for potential managers, if you're not going to be given the time. Why would you want to go there? It is another big factor to consider. 

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