Tim Sherwood’s tenuous grip on the Spurs’ manager’s job must have loosened significantly after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat away to West Ham but having highlighted the sloppy way in which the second goal was conceded, he may just have done us one final favour.
After Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor parted to allow Stewart Downing’s tame effort to travel into the net, Sherwood was swift to apportion the blame.
“It wasn’t great but I spoke to them in the dressing room. I have pointed it out to them and they don’t need me to point it out, really,” Sherwood said.
“They know it is an error and it obviously hurts a lot more when you see 2-0 rather than getting it in the stomach, when it hurts for 30 seconds.”
The comments may not have been as vitriolic as some headlines led us to believe but it’s not the first time that Brazilian midfielder Paulinho has been criticised by the current Head Coach.
“I pick players on what they are doing in training, not on reputations and price tags,” he said at the beginning of April.
“I can’t be worrying if the Brazil national manager wants him to play every week. I am going to do what is best for Tottenham, not any national manager.
“He knows if he trains well and plays well, he stays in the side. He’s come here from another country and the language has been a problem for him,” Tim added.
“Also settling into the Premier League, it’s a different game from what he has been used to.”
With rumours of a bid from Chelsea persisting, Sherwood’s feelings over Paulinho could drive him away from the club and that may just be the best solution for all parties?