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Monday, 10 March 2014

Sherwood's spanner gives Levy a dilema

Tim Sherwood put a spanner in the works at Tottenham Hotspur yesterday. An opinionated individual who had rows with Glenn Hoddle when he was at Spurs told Daniel Levy he wanted the managers job, he felt he could do it.

However his policy of changing the system every game is not helping Spurs at all, indeed creating chances is becoming something of a rarity these days. Whilst Chelsea were being contained Spurs didn't remotely look like creating a chance, we created little against Cardiff, little against Norwich, little against Everton and little against Hull.

The only game they created chances in was away at Newcastle United when we banged in four. Creating chances 1 in 5 games is not going to get you anywhere.

Sherwood wants technical director role
Tim Sherwood wants the technical director role
There is potential there in Sherwood to be a manager but he seems to opinionated for his own good at times. I have no doubt that Daniel Levy looking for a long term manager gave Sherwood a chance to see what he could do to determine whether he should make him the assistant to a new Head Coach in the summer for Sherwood to learn from.

The way would then have been clear for Sherwood to become the long term boss at Spurs. As a plan it was logical Sherwood is a novice at management, which is never going to win you anything.

That plan has now had to be shelved because Tim Sherwood has this policy of putting you in a yes or no situation when he negotiates. He did that to get the Spurs job and he has now tried it with Daniel Levy again.

Asked about a new manager coming in at White Hart Lane Sherwood responded by not only saying he wouldn't do it but by basically saying get rid of Franco Baldini, I want his job. He said:

“The silence is deafening, isn’t it? It’s up to Daniel.

“It’s up to the club to make that decision. One thing I guarantee people is that there is no one who cares more than me. I want the team to do very well and it hurts me when they don’t. I need people to be hurting like I’m hurting.”

There can be few Spurs supporters who doubt his desire, they may not like his methods but he wants Spurs to be winners of that there is no doubt. He continued:

“I never want to be a number two. I feel like I can do the number one job. I don’t think I’d be good at number two. I’m too opinionated. I wouldn’t want to do the number two job."

So the prospect of working under an opinionated Louis Van Gaal does not appeal, nor working for the strict but respectful Cesare Prandelli. The Dutch English partnership could well have been sparky. Sherwood then went on to publicly throw down the gauntlet to Daniel Levy by publicly telling him he wants Baldini's job.

“I do think there is a place for a technical director. I’m someone who sees the club from the bottom to the top on the training field. There’s a definite place for that.

“A lot of clubs need to have a person like that, otherwise you get no continuity, you just end up buying seven or 10 players every window and your turnover of players is far too great.”

Now that is a massive dig at the guy who has just overseen the purchase of 7 players in a window and on top of that he is saying I can do the job better.

Levy's choice Sherwood or Baldini
Levy's choice Tim Sherwood or Franco Baldini
His heart is in the right place and his record of developing youth can not be questioned. Daniel levy like Sherwood, he respects his opinion we know that so Levy now has a choice, Baldini or Sherwood. Chief Scout Ian Broomfield is back and Sherwood has shown he works well with him. Andre Villas-Boas ousted Broomfield so whether Baldini can is an unknown.

In that respect Sherwood has been quite clever, Levy can choose a group of people who have produced and spotted talent (Sherwood, Broomfield) or take a trip into the unknown (Baldini, Broomfield).

Daniel Levy made what turned out to be a mistake backing Andre Villas-Boas's judgement, with Broomfield back now, which option does he choose? Levy wanted a technical director and Franco Baldini was AVB's choice for the role. If Sherwood wants it he may well get it. Levy may revert back to his trusted personnel to right the wrongs of the last couple of years.

By throwing his hat in the ring for the technical director role he is admitting he will not be the manager next season. In his head he knows that, it hasn't gone how he would have hoped. He has not done a bad job but that simply isn't good enough if the club want top four.

Spurs fans can now begin to think about their choice, Louis Van Gaal or Cesare Prandelli for the hot seat.


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