Date:Tuesday December 17 2013
So Tim Sherwood will head a back room care taking team for the next two games and perhaps longer...
Firstly I have to say that I like the idea that the trio of Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand, coupled with Stefan Freund and Tony Parks, because its a management team that is filled with Tottenham men and ones that know the game and have served their time in coaching, much of which has been with ourselves. Perhaps it isn't the glamourous appointment many would like to see, but is there a sense in actually picking men who know the traditions of the club and its fans as a means to bring back 'Our Tottenham', which for me has been lost in the last 18 months.
Certainly in the case of Sherwood and Ramsey we have two people who have superb reputations in the game for their coaching and understanding of football. Both have done their apprenticeships, whilst Freund came to the club with a very good reputation in Germany, whilst we know he bleeds white and blue, but for me has been isolated by the Portuguese mafia that came with AVB and effectively made Freund a peripheral figure in the coaching set from what I could see. Was Freund the boards choice and not AVBs? I'm certainly guessing that was the case and the two never quite looked like they shared the same vision.
Parker will continue to do what he has done, but perhaps with a little more status and feeling of being back to having a greater influence and feeling of belonging to the club. Sir Les has never been a 'coach' to inspire me. However, as I have never met or listened to his methods or philosophies, I'm more than prepared to go with the judgement of others and if he gels with Sherwood and the rest, that is fine with me. What I do see is a man that appears to have belief and an aura and I imagine he is a players man and one that they would like to work with.
What we do know is that Daniel Levy rates Sherwood highly and there have previously been hints that he wanted to give Tim a more influential role, but perhaps the fact he was inexperienced and not a name to excite the fans and media, put him off. Perhaps if Franco Baldini shares his view and the players feel the same about him and the others, could there be a justification in giving him a go? Problem remains that fans and media may still be sceptical, but is there a no risk policy, in appointing them as short term caretakers, in the hope that results and performances inspire the fans?
For me, there is a bigger gamble in appointing a new man in such a busy Christmas period, in a time of so many games. Should Sherwood do well between now and Arsenal in the FA Cup, is there then a temptation to give him the season and make a call in the summer? What might be seen as a success is not the league position, but how the team have gelled and how they have reacted to the new coaches and how the coaches have gelled with Baldini and the board.
Could we suddenly see the reintroduction of Adebayor, the return of BAE and Carroll from QPR and no new signings in January. Just the current players, working and improving, with the fans enjoying watching football once again. That for me would be a step in the right direction. Lets see the vision of a united squad and a way of playing that hints of planning and also of quality attacking football. We certainly have the players and with a fit and inspired Ade and BAE as competition for Rose, do we already have the players to improve the team, without spending a penny.
It is hinted that AVB has collected around £4m from Spurs, so is this a time where the club are reluctant to pay big compensation to another club, but also see an opportunity to back their judgement over Sherwood. At this time, I am open minded, but are there better me out there to bring back the feel good factor at Tottenham, that the five men charged with leading the team against West Ham and Southampton. I have a feeling that a positive performance tomorrow and the same, with three points at Southampton, will suddenly make those doubting Sherwood, soften their view and a good Christmas and new year, could just give him the job and Levy a justification and perhaps feeling that he wished he backed his judgment 18 months ago...
Date:Tuesday December 17 2013
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Déjà vu (Tuesday March 11 2014)
Top 4 Phobia/and over inflated egos. (Tuesday March 11 2014)
Time for ENIC to go! (Monday March 10 2014)
Put up or shut up! (Monday March 10 2014)
CESARE PRANDELLI AT THE LANE? (Monday March 10 2014)
Has Tim talked himself out of a job? (Sunday March 9 2014)
CHELSEA vs SPURS: The Report!. (Sunday March 9 2014)
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur. (Friday March 7 2014)
Let Battle Commence! (Friday March 7 2014)
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