The biggest fault of Harry Redknapp’s career was the fact that he could never stop talking. During Redknapp’s time at Spurs he brought Tim Sherwood back to the club and his protégée is guilty of the same negative trait.
Sherwood’s inability to shut up was a definite contributor to the fact that he was sacked at the end of the season. Much like a jilted lover, he is unable to shrug his shoulders and let it go. Every time he opens his mouth, an opinion about Spurs pops out.
Today he claimed that during his time at Tottenham he was ‘very successful, both as a development coach and as a manager.’
Considering the amount of players that have made the transition to the first-team you’ll get no argument from me on the first point, but I wouldn’t describe his spell an manager as ‘very successful’.
Sherwood keeps banging on about his win percentage, yet raw stats do not tell the whole story. Plenty of games were won but the ones that were lost stick in the mind. Sherwood’s defeats were heavy ones in which the side often seemed to completely capitulate – Manchester City won 5-1 at White Hart Lane, while Chelsea and Liverpool both won 4-0 at home. Sherwood’s last loss as Spurs manager, a 2-0 defeat at West Ham was a truly pathetic and spineless performance.
The truth of Sherwood’s brief reign at Tottenham is that he seemed to have little in the way of tactical acumen, with no clear idea of a philosophy coming through on the pitch during his time in charge. Different formations came and went, while the personnel changed on a weekly basis. It felt like Sherwood was making it up as he went along, which is not a real criticism considering that he was far too inexperienced to have been given the job in the first place.
The naivety extended to him publicly moaning about his own players. It was Sherwood’s way of making himself look tough but considering that the players knew that he was likely to be eventually sacked, this was never going to work. Instead he lost the support of the dressing room.
Sherwood might have a bigger win percentage that Mauricio Pochettino but only a fool would rather have him as manager. Under the Argentine the team has a clear way of playing and look like a united group.
Rather than keep talking about Spurs, Sherwood would be do better to worry about his own team and their fight against relegation. If Villa were to go down, no amount of words could disguise the fact that he would have failed in his task.