Mauricio Pochettino outcast Emmanuel Adebayor speaks highly of Tim Sherwood management style

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

The Togo striker has recently signed for Crystal Palace.

Emmanuel Adebayor has hinted at the problems he faced under Mauricio Pochettino and Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur and has spoken highly of the management of Tim Sherwood.

AVB and Pochettino never took fancy to Adebayor as he struggled to adapt into their playing styles. However the Togo striker thrived under the tutelage of Sherwood - who went on to have a disastrous reign at Aston Villa.

Speaking in the Crystal Palace matchday programme this week the former Tottenham striker stated:

“I had a manager at Tottenham who had big belief in me in Tim Sherwood and he’d say: ‘Manu, get out there and play football, enjoy yourself and enjoy life’ and that’s what I did.

"I think that’s how you can get the best out of me. I’m not a mathematician so when people tell me to go left or right, it’s hard to remember. I can’t be too technical or it becomes quite hard for me.”

Adebayor certainly showed good form under Sherwood, who tried to bring him to Villa this season.

However under the technical management of Villas-Boas and the demanding coaching of Pochettino he struggled to find any form.

Adebayor certainly plays at his best when he is given the freedom to thrive, something Alan Pardew at Palace is likely to give him.

The striker signed for Palace last month after being released by Pochettino at Tottenham in September.

If Pardew can unlock that free spirited Adebayor then goals will soon follow - something Palace desperately need after a recent dip in form saw them slip into the bottom half of the table.

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