Three seasons, three different bosses at Spurs - how do they compare?

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Are there any lessons that the new man at White Hart Lane could learn for when they take over at Spurs?

Yet again Spurs are on the lookout for another man to lead their first team after one of the worst kept secrets in football was finally made official yesterday with the sacking of Head Coach Tim Sherwood.

Sherwood along with Andre Villas-Boas and Harry Redknapp left the club with the best win percentage in the Premier League than any other manager before them by the time Chairman Daniel Levy wielded the axe upon them at White Hart Lane.

So, how do Spurs compare in the last three seasons under three different managers?

Harry Redknapp delivered Champions League football for Tottenham and took them to the quarter-final stage of the competition in 2011, where they were eventually knocked out by a Real Madrid side managed by Jose Mourinho. 

In his final season at the helm, it looked as if the side was in contention for the Premier League title before dramatically falling away and finishing 20 points off the top, and securing fourth place. But it wasn't enough to clinch Champions League football again because of Chelsea lifting the European Cup and finishing outside the top four.

  PointsPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 69 38
  GoalsPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 66 38
  Goals ConcededPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 41 38

Redknapp benefited from the talents of both Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, the latter ended up being sold to Real Madrid at the end of that season. Some say these two individuals were the catalyst for much of Tottenham's good work that season as they notched up 66 goals.

  PointsPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 72 38
  GoalsPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 66 38
  Goals ConcededPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 46 38

Same amount of goals, leakier defence, but more points. It appears under Andre Villas-Boas that Spurs won more games by a closer margin. Under Villas-Boas, Spurs only won games by three or more goals in the Premier League on two occasions in his only full season in charge, which is a trait that carried over into the following season up until the December he was relieved of his duties and replaced by Tim Sherwood. Compare that to four under Redknapp.

In the short time AVB was in charge during this season, Spurs didn't score more than two goals in a Premier League match, which changed under Sherwood. One must remember, the loss of Bale will have been a factor and the influx of new players at White Hart Lane will also have had an effect. 

  PointsPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 27 16
  GoalsPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 15 16
  Goals ConcededPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 21 16

The points per game ratio improved greatly under Sherwood in the second half of the season, falling two points short of averaging two points per game. If you extrapolate the average points from Sherwood's reign at White Hart Lane, the side could have finished on 73 points, but due to the nature of this season it wouldn't have been enough to get the side into next season's Champions League, but could have set a new Premier League points record. If you compare it to the early season form of under AVB they will have finished on 64 if their form was extrapolated over the entire season.

  PointsPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 42 22
  GoalsPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 40 22
  Goals ConcededPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 30 22

Obviously it seems that defending has been a problem under Sherwood even if they have improved in front of goal. Like Under Villas-Boas earlier on in the season there were heavy losses to the sides challenging towards the top of the table. Over the course the past three seasons, there doesn't seem to have been the tightest of defences and in most cases in front of goal they have been solid - though losing their most prolific attacking talent from last season has seen an what many may have regarded as inevitable drop in goals scored during the most recent campaign.

If the statistics are anything to go by, the side had the capability to score goals over the three seasons but also a leaky defence, and getting the balance right is going to be the challenge for the new manager coming in. The one quality they may want to take from over the past three seasons is the ability to win closer encounters like they did under AVB. 

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