Gary Neville defends Tim Sherwood from media reports

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has leaped to the defence of Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood against the media.

The Spurs coach’s future is the subject of uncertainty at White Hart Lane following on from his comments this week moving to deny he is on the verge of the axe as the press continue to link Louis van Gaal with his job.

Sherwood told Sky Sports: I can't say much right now. What I can say is tonight (Monday) is business as usual.”

Despite Tottenham’s 5-1 win over Sunderland on Monday, recent defeats at Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea as well as an exit from the Europa League have thrown Sherwood’s future into doubt but only if you believe what you read, claims Gary Neville.

“These media terrorists are trying to blow up Tim Sherwood’s career. They must be stopped,” said Neville on Monday Night Football.

However, what Neville neglected to mention was that it was in fact Sky Sports who first broke the story that Sherwood is likely on the way out at White Hart Lane.

In the modern era of football and football news journalism and comment, every defeat is a ‘crisis’, every 17-year-old with a pair of boots is a ‘wonderkid’ and every manager’s job is in jeopardy.

Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal have the longest serving manager in the Premier League and even his job is insecure at present, Chelsea average a new manager every season, Tottenham have sacked two managers in three years and Fulham have had three managers in one season.

David Moyes is under fire, Brendan Rodgers is a genius, Mauricio Pochettino is the new Michael Laudrup and Michael Laudrup is the new Andre Villas-Boas.

It’s all part and parcel of a circus called the Premier League, an attraction that serves the media. Jamie Redknapp may one day be offering betting tips on his own Dad’s dismissal.

Gary Neville might find himself commentating on his own commentary. Just wait for the transfer deadline day when breaking news is that there is no news from outside the training ground of Luton Town. Back to the studio. It’s not terrorism, it's not news, it’s entertainment.

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