A 5-Point Plan for Tim Sherwood to Keep His Job at Tottenham Hotspur

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A 5-Point Plan for Tim Sherwood to Keep His Job at Tottenham Hotspur
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With Tottenham's chief target of finishing in the top four likely to go unfulfilled this season, can Tim Sherwood still do enough to stay as manager?

Tim Sherwood's full-time appointment as Tottenham Hotspur manager in December was carefully announced by the club.

Confirmation that Sherwood had been handed a contract until the end of 2014-15 went some way to stopping complications that would have come with an interim mandate until the end of the current campaign. The kind that unsettled Rafael Benitez during his eventful tenure at Chelsea last year.

Chairman, Daniel Levy's statement on Tottenham's official website backed Sherwood, describing him as having "both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward." There was, however, no talk of the "long-term ambitions" which Levy greeted the Andre Villas-Boas appointment in June 2012, as reported via BBC Sport.

Just what the club's hierarchy has in mind for Sherwood as 2013-14 concludes is unclear. An article by Matt Law in last Saturday's Daily Telegraph had the 45-year-old as part of discussions over next season's squad but also mentioned Louis van Gaal as "the most likely appointment" if a change occurred.

Following Sunday's loss to Arsenal, Sherwood talked up the need for "patience" if he is to get anywhere as Spurs manager. He told BBC Sport:

The building process has to start in pre-season. Liverpool took a step back to move forwards. It requires patience. Whether Spurs want to do that I don't know. Whether they want me to be the person to do it remains to be seen.

It appears Sherwood has not been offered any guarantees over his future, but perhaps Levy and Co. are privately satisfied with his work. If there is still room for the coach to prove himself, what does he need to improve his chances of remaining in charge at Spurs?

Over the following few pages, a five-point plan for the current boss to keep his job is laid out. None of the suggestions are especially revelatory but are musts if he wants to remain at White Hart Lane in his current capacity.

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