Did Tim Sherwood ever stand a chance to remain Spurs manager?

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Tottenham Hotspur have today sacked Tim Sherwood despite only giving him an 18 month-contract in December.

The curtain was only brought down on the Premier League season two days ago but we have already seen two managers lose their jobs since then. Yesterday West Bromwich Albion relieved Pepe Mel of his duties and today rather unsurprisingly Tim Sherwood was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager.

His job never really seemed secure and during his time as caretaker manager he stated that he didn't just want the job until the end of the season. Daniel Levy was left in a tough position as his initial targets to replace Andre Villas-Boas seemed reluctant to leave their current jobs at that time.

Louis Van Gaal and Frank De Boer were key targets but both wished to see to carry on with their current clubs for a bit longer. Levy could now return to De Boer but it looks inevitable that Van Gaal will be taking over at Manchester United. With no obvious manager to come in and replace AVB at the end of last year, Levy gave the job to someone who knew the club and the players well.

However Sherwood wasn't a yes man, and said openly that he should be the manager of the side and deserves a contract longer than six months. However was he ever likely to make it beyond this season? It's extremely unlikely that he would have done. Levy still had his targets for the end of the season, and reports were always abound about new managers coming in, making it incredibly difficult for Sherwood to get on with the job in hand.

As well as the new gillet look that Sherwood brought to the Premier League he also brought an honest approach to interviews. It was refreshing to see someone speak so honestly without worrying about any ramifications. One of his first moves as boss was to bring Adebayor back from the wilderness and into the Spurs team and he had an immediate impact, which begged the question why wasn't he considered under AVB?

Sherwood also gave youth a chance with Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane benefitting the most from this. He was not afraid to leave out some of the summer's big money signings and instead went with players he trusted.

Bentaleb went on to make 19 appearances for the club this season whilst Kane appeared 15 times and scored three goals in three games during April.

The former Blackburn Rovers captain shouldn't be out of the game too long and has already been linked with the vacancies at former club Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion. Both clubs would be wrong not to consider Sherwood as he has shown that he is more than capable after taking on such a big club as his first step into a managerial role.

Sherwood took many by surprise, but he was always confident in himself, and he proudly steered the club into a Europa League place which following the poor start by AVB should still be classed as a good achievement even though top four was the target. The summer signings following the sale of Bale didn't work out, and Sherwood and AVB both had to deal with that. Franco Baldini must take a lot of the blame. for his part in the transfers.

One of Sherwood's last acts was to give a Tottenham fan the chance to sit in the dugout following the fan shouting out instructions to Tim all season. Apparently the fan was always telling the gaffer what to do and quite often he agreed with him so against Aston Villa for the last few minutes he gave him the chance to sit in the dugout and be the manager.

When jokingly asked about the situation afterwards in the post-match press conference Sherwood was asked whether the fan was in line to take over from him, to which Sherwood replied "No, he's English."

That sums the situation up with Spurs now looking for a European manager rather than a home-based one which seems to be the common theme for many clubs these days. However Sherwood has shown that it is still worth giving an Englishman a chance, even if they are previously untried and untested.

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