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Spurs defender’s ‘over the moon’ to see Tim Sherwood in charge

Danny Rose (left) battles with Southampton's Adam Lallana during Tottenham's 3-2 victory at St Mary's Stadium Danny Rose (left) battles with Southampton's Adam Lallana during Tottenham's 3-2 victory at St Mary's Stadium

Monday, December 23, 2013
2:31 PM

Danny Rose says he is “over the moon” that Tim Sherwood is in charge at Tottenham, and he insists the interim head coach has the strength of character and respect to lead the team.

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Sherwood has been put in temporary charge at White Hart Lane following Andre Villas-Boas’ departure last Monday, and he is now managing a team for the first time after previously being involved with the youth set-up.

Critics state that the 44-year-old is under-qualified to take the job on a permanent basis and that a bigger name is needed to take charge a club who have aspirations of competing in the Champions League, but Rose says Sherwood has all the necessary leadership qualities.

“People may think that, but you know that Tim won’t take nonsense from anybody,” said the defender. “In his first training session a couple of players rolled up late and he got us all in a circle and told us it was unacceptable, in ‘polite’ words.

“He set out some new rules - lateness, punctuality when we go down to eat and stuff like that. You know not to mess with Tim and that’s good.

“We have meetings and talks on the training pitch as well. You know that when he speaks you’ve got to listen, it’s great.

“Personally I’d be over the moon if Tim is there [until the end of the season]. Tim’s backed me for a good three or four years now and I know that if I’m fully fit I’m going to play - and when I’m doing things wrong he’s going to pull me aside and tell me it’s unacceptable.

“I know if I want to work on things he’ll take me out on the training pitch and work with me, just like the others. I’m over the moon that he’s in charge.

“Tim’s been backing me and a lot of the other youngsters for a good three or four years now - there’s Jake Livermore and Andros Townsend as well. You saw yesterday that he could have brought Lewis Holtby on but he put Nabil [Bentaleb] on, so it’s great.”

One of the criticisms of Villas-Boas was an overly cautious and negative approach - and Sherwood has immediately taken the shackles off, employing a much more attacking system by picking two strikers in a 4-4-2 formation against both West Ham and Southampton.

While the Capital One Cup clash against the Irons ended in a 2-1 home defeat, with Spurs losing the lead late on last Wednesday, Sherwood’s fortunes were reversed yesterday afternoon as the Lilywhites came from behind to win 3-2 at Southampton in a thrilling contest.

“[That approach] has come from upstairs as well,” said Rose. “Recently we’ve not played the Tottenham way, attacking and counter-attacking. I suppose it’s been harder having just one striker up front.

“I was getting drug tested after the game [yesterday] and supposedly Tim said he’s not sure if he will get the job but that’s how Tottenham should be playing – like we did in the second half.

“We tried to play attacking football. At times we know we may concede, but we want to be scoring a few goals in every game.

“It was a brilliant result. It’s definitely a hard place to come, it was a good response from the cup defeat on Wednesday and we’ve got a lot of positives to take out of the game.

“Ade [Adebayor] is on fire, it was a great debut for Nabil – he came on in a difficult game and he did very well – and we’re creating a lot more chances.

“In another game Robbie [Soldado] gets a hat-trick, so there were loads of positives and we look forward to two home games now.”

Adebayor was the star of yesterday’s victory at St Mary’s Stadium, scoring twice in a fine all-round performance.

Having been frozen out under Villas-Boas, making just one appearance in the first half of the season, the Togo international has started both of Sherwood’s games in charge, and he has responded with three goals.

“Soldado and [Jermain] Defoe are great goalscorers but Ade gives us another dimension,” said Rose. “He can finish but he can also hold the ball up, and what may have gone unnoticed yesterday were the defensive headers that he won from set pieces for us, so he is definitely like a new signing.

“We’ve had meetings in the past about the situation [with him]. If the manager thinks something then we’ve all got to respect it – maybe not agree but we’ve all got to respect it.

“We’re just all happy that Ade’s back now and when he plays like he did against West Ham and Southampton then you can see why he’s played for a lot of great clubs.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs

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