Tim Sherwood has revealed why he did not sign any players in January when he was the Tottenham Hotspur manager.
The 45-year-old was appointed the Spurs boss in December following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas.
With Tottenham struggling for points and the players not performing to the best of their abilities, many expected Sherwood to make signings in the January transfer window.
But he did not, and he has now explained why.
“It is coming to that time of the season when clubs think hard about what they are going to do in the January transfer window,” Sherwood wrote in The Independent.
“Last season at Spurs it was an easy decision for me not to sign anyone, I already had enough players. Any more and I would not have been able to accommodate them all in training sessions.
“The difficult thing, as ever, is not blocking the path of decent young players by panicking and buying a mediocre player from elsewhere who gets in ahead of them.
“I was getting offered players in January but I felt that there were plenty of young players coming through at Spurs already. The closer a team is to the bottom of the league, the bigger that decision becomes.”
Sherwood may have eventually failed to lead Tottenham into the top four of the Premier League, but his decision not to make signings when he could have has to be applauded.
What Sherwood did was retain faith in the players he inherited. It eventually did not yield the desired results, but that’s a different story altogether.