This week just hours ahead of Tottenham’s Monday night match at home to Sunderland reports emerged from The Lane claiming that Tim Sherwood would be leaving the club in the summer regardless of where they finish. Tottenham have since denied the reports but the writing appears to be on the wall.
Sherwood took over in December and made a good start, restoring Adebayour to the first team set up, which has proved to be an inspired move, as well as giving youngster Nabil Bentaleb his chance. His Spurs team looks significantly more offensive compared to AVB’s cautious set up but not that much has changed. He hasn’t been able to stop heavy and costly defeats to those who lie above them and apart from convincing wins against the Tyneside teams, they have looked a million miles away from a team that are ready to challenge for a top four finish.
As a spurs fan, I like Sherwood, his honesty, commitment and dedication to the Tottenham cause have been refreshing, but with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s track record, Sherwood’s reign is nearing its end.
So who will replace him? There are many names in the frame but only a few stand out as potential candidates.
The most obvious is Louis Van Gaal, who will be leaving as coach of the Netherlands after the 2014 world cup in Brazil. An experienced manager, whose track record includes honours with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He has vast experience all across Europe, but never in the Premier League, a league that is unforgiving and has had more managerial casualties than any other, not forgetting that Tottenham have added significantly to that statistic. But the last man to bring success to Spurs was Redknapp, who was roughly the same age as Van Gaal when he was appointed. Van Gaal’s public announcement that he would love to manage Tottenham makes him the bookies favourite. Maybe Tottenham need to go back to basics, and take a more cautious approach to management, by offering the job to a proven winner, instead of an ambitious pretender.
Jurgen Klinsmann is another option. Fondly remembered for his great goals and celebrations for Spurs back in the 1990’s, he would surely be the fans favourite. Currently he is the manager of the USA national team, and has steadily improved their hopes of international success, but it’s a dead end job! He is also tied down until 2018, and has looked unwilling to leave in the past. But if one team were to entice him surely it would be Tottenham.
Another outsider is Mauricio Pochettino. The Southampton manager is still young, but has done a tremendous job with Southampton. He is relatively inexperienced, but unlike the others, knows what it takes to be successful in the Premier League. He has built his team around an English backbone and understands the pace at which the game is played. But appointing him would be another risk, and even though Pochettino has a bright future, a club like Tottenham is too soon.
I for one would love to see Klinsmann given the job, but if you believe what you hear; Van Gaal is a done deal. Whoever the new man may be, they will want money, and possibly a summer clear out. Baldini appears to have got off lightly yet again, and a new manager would surely see him surplus to requirements. Either way, big changes are needed at The Lane, and for once, Daniel Levy has to make the right decision.
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