Brutal honesty or airing dirty laundry as Sherwood labels Tottenham players "much of a muchness"

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Spurs manager also admitted he doesn't know his best side, before making less than flattering comments on his players.

In what is either a bout of no holds barred truth, or further cracks in the Sherwood/Spurs love affair, the Tottenham head coach unleashed some controversial comments in his side's pre-match interview. 

When questioned as to whether he knew his best side, the former Blackburn manager identified only TWO players that stood out in his current squad, France captain Hugo Lloris and former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor, ignored by predecessor Andre Villas-Boas but a key figure under Sherwood.

Sherwood went on to label Christian Eriksen, an impressive performer in recent weeks, as approaching the form of his goalkeeper and star striker. The rest he described as being "much of a muchness."

"I have assessed the players more than anyone. I could not tell you the best 11 players at Tottenham," Sherwood said.

“There are all so similar, much of a muchness regarding the same quality. I’m not sure there’s any hierarchy. Or whether any one player is better than another.

“Our two exceptions are the goalie and Adebayor. Christian Eriksen is getting that way inclined, you can’t leave him out at the moment.

"They are all good but the fans know it themselves," the 45-year-old continued. "Is there any world-class Gareth Bale-type player? No, there is not. Always you look for blend. Some of the guys are quite similar in the way that they play. We need different types of midfield player, for instance."

With Sherwood said to be on his way out this summer, and neither the head coach or the Spurs hierarchy doing much to dispel such rumours, he is likely to be using these last few weeks as an opportunity to level some home truths at the Tottenham squad, many of whom have disappointed this year.

Many fans may agree with Sherwood's criticism of the players, but whether such comments will encourage them to work harder for the club is debatable. The worst thing that could happen for Sherwood or whoever comes after him is that he inherits a batch of talented but hurting players, eager to leave a team where the manager has been publicly criticising them.

If nothing else, it is this exact kind of media dialogue that proves Sherwood is not fit for the White Hart Lane hot seat.

The Spurs boss did have some crumbs of comfort for next season, stating that many of the players will be improved compared to this season's performances.

"All of them will be better, without a doubt, because they will have had a season in the Premier League," Sherwood added.

"That's the ones who have played. You need to have a certain amount of games.

"Probably Erik and Etienne have not played enough but they will have benefited from a year in London and their language will be better and hopefully they can settle on the pitch.

"But the rest of them will all be better. All can improve."

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