Yesterday, Tottenham announced that they had triggered a clause in Tim Sherwood’s contract that would see his managerial tenure at the lane come to an end. Sherwood was only in charge for around five months and there have been rumours circulating for quite some while that he would be given the boot, as reports suggested that Tottenham were actively pursuing his replacement.
Sherwood started very brightly, and used attacking teams in all of his games. The trust he showed in some younger players was also refreshing. In a league where we are so used to seeing big name players young and old bought in from around the world, Sherwood placed a lot of faith in Bentaleb and Kane, who both finished the season superbly. He also got the best out of players that AVB had forced out. Adebayor played his best football in years under Sherwood and proved he can still compete at the highest level.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was probably thinking about the squad and future signings when he took the decision to relieve Sherwood of his duties. Firstly Sherwood does not shy away from conflict; his recent disagreements with Sandro were made public and cast an unexpected shadow over White Hart Lane. Secondly, does he have the profile to be able to attract big name players over the summer, players that could secure a fourth place finish for Tottenham, Levy obviously thought not.
So much rides on football and there is such a lot at stake, that a poor run of form makes it easy for a chairman to send managers packing. Levy needs to make the right decision for once, as since he sacked Redknapp, the club appears to be moving backwards.
With Louis Van Gaal set to join Manchester United and Frank De Boer pledging his future to Ajax, Pochettino looks to be the only real candidate and isn’t he just another young manager trying to prove something? Tottenham need experience and flare and need to get rid of Baldini and start to rebuild a disheartened squad.
Pepe Mel was another manager who lost his job at the end of the season. He managed to steer West Brom to safety, but in a very unconvincing manor. West Brom will yet again be on the lookout for another manager and they have already appointed Terry Burton as their Technical Director, in an attempt to restructure the club. Burton will leave his role as Arsenal head of youth coaching and will re-join West Brom on June the 1st.
Surely the likes of Malky Mackay, Chris Hughton and even Tim Sherwood would be interested in the job at the Hawthorns. It’s going to be an interesting summer, and I am excited to see the players and managers that will arrive in the Premier League, as well as watching England lifting the world cup! But before that, we have the richest game in club football, the La Liga decider and the champions of Europe have to be crowned, there’s still a lot to look forward too.