Updates from Tuesday, April 8
Sam Wallace of The Independent reports Tim Sherwood may be returning to Tottenham in a different capacity:
Tottenham reportedly plan on replacing Tim Sherwood in the summer, according to Sky Sports News:
Sky Sources: Tottenham to replace Tim Sherwood in the summer. See #SSN for the full story— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 7, 2014
The under-fire manager, handed the Spurs job in December after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked, is likely to leave after suffering a string of poor results in recent times.
Despite originally sparking Spurs into life with an increasingly attacking game, Sherwood's progress has stuttered of late. The North London club have taken three points in one of their last six games and suffered recent defeats against Arsenal, Liverpool and Benfica to end their hopes of a top-four finish and Europa League glory.
Levy is thought to have "explored" other candidates for the post, despite suggesting there isn't going to be "major upheaval" at White Hart Lane at the end of the season, as reported by David Hytner of The Guardian:
There are expected to be changes at the top, with doubts clinging to the futures of the manager, Tim Sherwood, and the technical director, Franco Baldini. Levy has explored hiring Louis van Gaal as the manager once his involvement at the World Cup finals with Holland has ended and attempts to finalise what would be an exciting appointment are on-going.
Sherwood has come under fire for publicly criticising his players and sitting in the stands during matches. The former Spurs player believes that, because this is his first managerial job at senior level, he receives greater criticism than the proven likes of Jose Mourinho, reported by The Daily Mirror and via Peter Hanson of Goal.com:
You are damned if you do and damned if you don't. If Mourinho sits up there [in the stands], he's fine. Nigel Pearson at Leicester has sat up there all season and they've been promoted to the Premier League.
I didn't have any hidden agenda regarding [having a go at the players]. I just felt they needed to be accountable. If Mourinho does it now, it's right. If I do it, it's wrong because I'm inexperienced and Mourinho's the best manager we've ever seen supposedly.
Archie Rhind-Tutt, reporter for BT Sport's European Football Show, highlights the lack of surprise many will feel when hearing Sherwood is to have his tenure cut short:
Tim Sherwood "to be relieved of his managerial duties at the end of the season" - no surprises there.— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) April 7, 2014
While Sherwood's initial decision to bring Emmanuel Adebayor into Spurs' side looked an excellent one, the team have struggled alongside the Togo international's absence through injury. Sherwood has been forced to deal with a squad made up of many new players—fallout from AVB's reign—while trying to land a place in the Premier League's top four.
Spurs are currently eight points behind Arsenal with six games to go. They face Sunderland on Monday, indicating Sky Sports News' announcement hasn't come at the best time. With just hours to go before kick-off, it will be interesting to see how Spurs respond.
Sherwood spoke to Sky Sports after the story broke, indicating he hasn't lost focus:
I can't say much right now. What I can say is tonight is business as usual. I'm setting this team up to win a football match for the benefit of the club and the 35,000 Spurs fans who will come and watch. I'll speak at a later stage.
A spot in next season's Champions League is looking extremely unlikely now. It seems even a convincing set of results heading into the season's end won't be enough to save Sherwood and many of his playing staff.