Inside Lane: Why Sherwood deserves credit for his time as Spurs boss
12:23 07 May 2014
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Tottenham blogger Adam Manson feels Tim Sherwood has done a good job at White Hart Lane since taking charge in December.
When Andre Villas-Boas was shown the door at White Hart Lane after another humiliating defeat in December, Spurs were in a serious mess.
Having been summarily thumped 5-0 on our patch by Liverpool, just a few weeks after an abject and humbling 6-0 defeat at Eastlands, most fans around me in the Shelf had simply had enough of defensive-minded rubbish and excuse after excuse.
We had already watched home defeats against Newcastle and West Ham and been blamed by our manager for the poor results at White Hart Lane because we were creating “a difficult atmosphere with almost no support”.
With the club in disarray, Daniel Levy decided to place his trust in a man who many in the game felt was going to achieve great things - someone who had played for the club, someone who had captained a Premiership-winning team and, most importantly, someone who had been working inside the club for a few years and knew it inside out.
Step forward Tim Sherwood, who took over a club in chaos, and he went on to guide us to an excellent run of five wins in his first six league games.
Sherwood was not afraid to do things his way and shake things up, immediately bringing in an unknown player in Nabil Bentaleb, which was to set the tone of his reign.
Spurs were also suddenly more offensive. We notched 14 goals in his first six league games, compared to six in the previous seven under AVB.
It’s not a case of whether he has done better than AVB… he has. Under Sherwood, we have scored more goals, we have picked up more points per game and we have a more expansive style.
The question is, should he be given the chance to show us whether he can improve us further?
I would argue there is a strong case to be made but, ultimately, it looks like Saturday’s defeat against West Ham will seal his fate.
He has been undermined from the beginning by fans who believed he was out of his depth, incapable of producing results and unworthy of a club of our size, but he has proved them wrong.
Sherwood knows our club from the bottom up, he has had to contend with a host of injuries, a hostile fan base and, most importantly, a team that was designed for a man who thought football was played on a spreadsheet.
I admit Sherwood can rub people up the wrong way, but I would suggest these people are looking to find fault in everything he says, regardless of the content or context. He couldn’t win with these fans from the start.
I was not overly enthused when he was appointed, but I have taken to him as a result of his honesty, his passion and the fact that he has produced solid results against the odds.
One of the main reasons why I would suggest that keeping Sherwood would not be the apocalyptic disaster that some may have you believe is simply the lack of a credible alternative.
It has been widely reported that Sherwood’s win percentage in the Premier League has been better than any other Spurs manager.
Who is going to do better than that? Who do the fans think is going to improve on his record? I would say that if we could get a really top manager in such as Jurgen Klopp, Diego Simeone or even Louis van Gaal, I would be fully in support of trying to bring them in, but I don’t believe that is possible considering where we are at the moment.
Sherwood has said he will be a hard act to follow. Let’s hope he’s wrong.
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