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Was this Tim Sherwood's final time managing Spurs in the Premier League?
The elephant in the room for the previous few pages is that already looking toward next season for Tottenham is difficult when the identity of the manager is uncertain.
In his annual end-of-season message to the fans—carried in the matchday programme but here via Tottenham's official website—chairman Daniel Levy made no reference to Sherwood specifically.
Mentioning the managerial changes, Levy went on to note "our sense of falling short, felt by all, including the players, is based on some poor performances during the season and knowing we have not performed at the level we know we could have done.
"Even in games where we gained maximum points, our football was not always what we have come to expect and associate with our Club."
The latter was almost certainly a reference to the latter days of Andre Villas-Boas' reign. But it is intriguing to wonder if he had Sherwood in mind when saying: "Our challenge now is to ensure we are in the best possible position for the start of next season—a season in which we shall look for a new level of commitment and performance from all."
Sherwood was handed a contract until the end of 2014-15 when he officially became manager in December. Long enough to give him time if deemed a success this season, short enough the club are not on the hook to compensate him substantially if they sack him.
The 45-year-old's methods, personality and style have divided opinion among Spurs fans and interested observers. His overseeing of a few more of those aforementioned "poor performances" has undoubtedly clouded his efforts.
But all things considered, this writer finds it hard to disagree with the manager's own assessment of the work of he and his staff—from his post-match interview with Sky Sports—that he is "not sure if we could have done any more to be honest."
Spurs' main problems this season—timidness facing the Premier League's best, several new signings having to settle in—were not products of Sherwood's reign. That is not meant as a slight on Villas-Boas, just to say his replacement was coming into a situation not of his making and still took his side to sixth place (and European qualification) having improved the standard of football.
The opportunity to establish some consistency in north London should not be bypassed easily by the club's hierarchy. Sherwood's familiarity with all aspects of the club and his part in developing the talented youngsters now getting their chances would mean Spurs do not have to start all over again this summer.
It may turn out that a new manager—be it Ajax's Frank de Boer, Southampton's Mauricio Pochettino or someone else—shows up Sherwood's deficiencies.
Regardless, all of this is not a thorough analysis of the latter's pros and cons. Rather, just to say, he has done enough to earn the opportunity to mold a Tottenham team to his liking and to send it out against England's best.
Whether the players and supporters would give him an honest chance to do so would remain to be seen. It might be moot anyway.