It seems a weird thing to say, I know. Here’s a guy that has taken over the reins at a club where another Andre Villas-Boas ‘project’ had broken down. Not only has he revitalised the club’s fortunes by getting the enigmatic Adebayor back into the team and firing goals, he’s also got Spurs back to the edge of Champions’ League qualification. But there’s the problem I’m afraid.
In modern day football however, that sort of thing simply doesn’t cut the mustard. Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy sees a top four finish and the invite to dine at Europe’s table that comes along with it, as a requirement, rather than an aspiration. In the summer laid out a huge investment in players acquisition. Although publicly quoted levels of fees are often distorted, calling over £100million is not stretching thep oint. O course some £80million or so was gained back from the money received for Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid, but with eight new players coming in, and a resultant rise in the wage bill, Levy will be looking for an advancement on the Europa League qualification of last year. Of couse many of those players are not a major part of Sherwood’s planning at the moment, but the terms of the job are the terms of the job, and Levy may not be overly interested in reasons fro failure and excuses. It’s with this in mind that many people seeing today’s press articles regarding Tottenham’s interest in Dutch coach Louis van Gaal will see the dangers ahead for Sherwood.
It was rumoured that the club was interested in van Gaal before they appointed Sherwood, but as boss of the Dutch national side, with a world Cup on the horizon, a ‘job share’ simply wasn’t an option. With the coach likely to leave the post after the Brazil tournament however, he would be free to take up the post if required.
Should Sherwood finish fifth, and with Liverpool to chase for that fourth spot in exhilarating form, it would seem the likely outcome at the moment, losing his job would be a harsh judgement. This however is the way of the game today, and if he wishes to keep his position long term, Tim Sherwood will know it’s Champions’ League or bust!
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