Highest PL win ratio - so why are Spurs so eager to replace Sherwood?

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

With the Tottenham boss likely to be in his last few weeks in charge, we look at why the club are so eager to discard him.

Tottenham's much publicised pursuit of their next manager would seem unethical to some considering that current boss Tim Sherwood is not only still in place at the club, but also the manager with the best win ratio of the entire league. In fact, that last point would make it illogical too.

At best, their interest in Dutchmen Louis van Gaal and now Frank de Boer can be argued to be poor for the image of the club, something that former favourite Paul Robinson himself recently told TalkSport, labelling it a "PR disaster." It hasn't stopped De Boer displaying somewhat public interest in the job, and Daniel Levy has never been one to worry about sullying the club's image for what he sees as the best route forward. 

When Sherwood took over from Andre Villas-Boas there were plenty of supporters unconvinced by such an appointment, and a debut home loss to West Ham in the quarter finals of the League Cup didn't help the former Blackburn man's case. Things got better from then on though, with an excellent run of league form over Christmas seeing Sherwood land the job permanently with an 18-month contract.

Just 5 losses in his 20 games, leaving a win percentage of 60% are hard to argue with, so why are Tottenham fans, and almost certainly, Levy and the rest of the Spurs board, so eager to see the back of Sherwood?

To look at just a few issues, Sherwood's public condemnation of certain players previously deemed essential show little in the way of the man-management skills needed to balance the squad of a strong Premier League side. Telling his squad "just how it's gonna be" at the risk of alienating players is all well and good when you're a dominant yet proven personality. Someone like Sir Alex Ferguson was able to discard the players he fell out with because he'd already proven in Scotland that he was able to weave the right characters into a football team in order to succeed. Sherwood doesn't have that yet, and his decision to snub proven international footballers, let alone fan favourites such as Sandro, seem to show he is unable to manage players and purely interested in changing them.

Though on the whole Sherwood has overseen plenty of wins in the League, the often unconvincing nature of those victories, coupled with the desperately disappointing showings in the few losses they've experienced have hinted that tactically, Spurs haven't improved since their current boss took over. Would a better manager have achieved stronger results with this undeniably strong group of players? Would they still have suffered heavy defeats to the teams they were supposed to have have competing with?

There have also been other questionable decisions by Sherwood, many of which have come when he's been interacting with the press. The public flare ups, the sitting in the stands during heavy losses, they all seem to show a young manager struggling to balance his passion with his desire to learn the management game. Whether a club the size of Tottenham is ever the place to learn how to be a manager is the question Levy and co must ask as they move into next season.

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