Don’t ditch Sherwood! Wilkins states his case

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins believes Tim Sherwood should be retained as Tottenham manager come the end of the season. Does he have a point?

Ray Wilkins has recently suggested that current Tottenham interim manager Tim Sherwood does not deserve to be relieved of his duties come the end of the season.

Sherwood has maintained the head coach role at White Hart Lane for four months now, but it seems likely that his reign will end in the summer, with a various potential successors being touted by the media.

Wilkins is adamant that replacing the 45-year-old will be a mistake, suggesting the fact Tottenham boast a superior Premier League record than fifth-placed Everton since Sherwood took charge.

Speaking to Talk Sport, he said: "Since Tim took over, [Arsene] Wenger has got 37 points, Tim has got 36 and [Roberto] Martinez has got 35, yet we are talking about a new contract for Wenger, we are talking about what Roberto can do next year and the sack for Tim. I find that quite strange because Tim has done a good job.

"The result at the weekend was probably the result of the weekend, winning at Stoke, who have been on a fine run of form."

A Danny Rose header was enough to separate Spurs and Stoke at the Brittania Stadium on Saturday – ending Spurs’ run of 10 away matches without victory.

Tottenham’s results since Christmas have been acceptable, but the club have faced heavy defeats to the Premier League’s top three – Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea – whilst they also suffered a 1-0 defeat to North London rivals, Arsenal. These are the games that could ultimately define Sherwood’s time at Spurs, proving the prominent disparity between Spurs and the current top four.

In April the club have found themselves unbeaten, having recorded victories over Fulham, Sunderland, and, of course, Stoke, whilst drawing 3-3 with West Bromwich Albion.

With just three points separating the Lilywhites and fifth placed Everton, Sherwood could steer his side into next season’s Europa League competition if results in the final two matches fall in his favour.

Spurs face West Ham away on Saturday, before hosting Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on the final day of the season. Six points from these remaining fixtures would mean a final season total of 72 – equal to the club’s efforts in the previous campaign.

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