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By Hiring Tim Sherwood As Tottenham Manager, Daniel Levy Takes Easy Way Out

The appointment of Tim Sherwood as manager of Tottenham Hotspur could be the direct result of bigger names that chairman Daniel Levy fancied turning down the vacant manager’s post. Following last Monday’s sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, several big names were linked with the Spurs job. Midweek elimination at White Hart Lane from the League Cup at the hands of relegation threatened West Ham United very easily could have ended Sherwood’s chances for a permanent appointment. However, Levy seems to have hit a brick wall in his efforts to attract a top name to take the White Hart Lane hot seat. Among the names linked with the job were Louis Van Gaal, Frank De Boer, Marcello Lippi, Marat Yakin and Guus Hiddink. Each of these managers has a significant CV that would have elevated the stature of Spurs.

I wish Sherwood the best of luck. A Premier League title winner in 1995 with Blackburn Rovers, he has been in and around the game long enough to pick up the knowledge he needs to be successful. Furthermore, it is good to have an English manager at a top club for a change. But will Sherwood be able to do more than just motivate his players, as appears to have been his tactic before Sunday’s victory at St Mary’s against Southampton?

While the early returns from that specific result were promising for Sherwood’s tenure, one must wonder how he will steer a club forward with a hodgepodge of big money buys, particularly when the team hits its next rough patch. With no management experience at any Premier League or Football League club, how will he handle the personalities in the dressing room and the tactical reshuffles so often required in matches?

While it might be simple to say Daniel Levy has risked much by appointing Sherwood on a permanent basis, I sense he may have been out of other options. Additionally, by elevating a “club man” to the top spot, he avoids the types of clashes that occurred with Martin Jol, Harry Redknapp and Villas-Boas. Sherwood, being a Spurs man, will likely defer to the people around him including the chairman. That might iron out the conflict and circus aspect that has surrounded the club recently, though perhaps this is being done at the cost of competing for honors this season.

Editor’s note: For the latest Spurs news, analysis and opinion, visit the Tottenham Hotspur team page.

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  1. Andre

    December 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I’m a little surprised he pulled the trigger right now. I read LVG was interested in taking over in the summer after the World Cup with Netherlands.

    With the money they put in and the current table position (which is actually a lot closer to a CL spot than you would guess based on the drama surrounding Spurs) I can’t imagine Levy is writing this season off.

    • Jim

      December 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      How does LVG’s availability in the summer help Spurs now? Most of the managers who are on the short list won’t be available till after this season is over or a the end of the World Cup.

      Since Sherwood would not accept a 6 month contract the club gave him an 18-month contract. If they have to pay him off at the end of the season Spurs only lose out by paying him for 1 year.

  2. Martin J.

    December 24, 2013 at 11:06 am

    This is really an interim appointment since all the managers Spurs are interested in won’t be available till next season. If Sherwood does well then he could be offered a longer contract beyond the 1 year that will be left on his contract at the end of the season. Otherwise, a new manager will be hired and Sherwood will be paid off for the remaining year of his contract (which is probably not much anyway).

  3. Dave

    December 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

    //Sees Kartik wrote the article, immediately closes tab

    • Christopher Harris

      December 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Dave, why not read the article first instead of offering an opinion without reading a single word? That’s what the comments section is for, to have a debate.

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