Tim Sherwood was relived of his duties as head coach of Tottenham Hotspur on the 13th of May 2014 – two days after the closure of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season. The news failed to surprise a vast majority of Spurs fans. Most people were already aware of the news, it was only a matter of time before Daniel Levy made it official. This article will consist of a summary of Tim Sherwood’s short reign as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur.
The club announced the sacking of former boss André Villas Boas in the wake of a demolishing 0-5 defeat at White Hart Lane by the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool. The official announcement was made by the club on the 16th December 2013. Enough was enough for Daniel Levy after seeing Tottenham experience a disastrous beginning to the season having spent over £100m in the summer.
It was time for a change.
Tim Sherwood took charge of first team duties and his first task was to overcome London rivals West Ham United at White Hart Lane in the Quarter Finals of the Capital One Cup. Making his return to the side, Emmanuel Adebayor put Tottenham into the lead midway through the second half. However, that lead didn’t last for long as goals from Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga sent the East Londoners into the Semi-Finals.
Not the best start that Tim Sherwood would have hoped for, but he quickly had to recruit the team back together in time for their trip to Southampton – the first Premier League game in which he would take charge of. Spurs won the game 2-3 and Emmanuel Adebayor stole the show yet again as he netted two goals on his Premier League return. Tottenham returned to winning ways in the Premier League, Emmanuel Adebayor was back in the team and amongst the goals and Spurs fans were satisfied with Tim Sherwood’s first impression as the care-taking manager. So far, so good.
The next night, Tottenham announced via their social media account, Twitter (@SpursOfficial), that Tim Sherwood signed an 18 month deal which would tie him to the club until the end of the 2014/15 season. At this moment in time, Spurs fans on Twitter had a mixture of feelings towards the newly appointed gaffer. Some thought “Let’s give him a chance, he’s English, he knows the club very well and hasn’t performed too badly ever since taking charge of first team duties”, whilst others thought “What on earth is Daniel Levy doing!? He’s appointed a person that has no managerial badges and no experience in managing in the football world, never mind the Premier League!”
For Tim Sherwood, it was time to hit the ground running. With two home games on the horizon (WBA and Stoke City), everyone wanted the new manager to get off to a rampant start. But that didn’t prove to be the case. Tottenham dropped two points at home to West Bromwich Albion, as The Baggies frustrated Spurs for majority of the game. We had to settle for a 1-1 draw. However, when Stoke City visited White Hart Lane four days after Christmas, Tottenham put in (arguably) their best performance of the season. We thrashed Mark Hughes’ Stoke side 3-0 and Spurs were back to playing their familiar attacking football which went AWOL during many games under André Villas Boas. Fans were excited at the possible prospect of having a strong finish to the second half of the season. The new boss was off to a great start.
On New Years Day, we traveled to Old Trafford. We won this fixture last season for the first time in 23 years. The monkey was off our back and Spurs fans were dreaming of another sensational victory for the second year in a row. And that is just what they got. Tottenham won the game 1-2 as goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen ensured Tottenham return back to N17 with all three points. Tim Sherwood couldn’t have wished for a much better start.
That League victory was followed by two more wins at the expense of Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium and Crystal Palace at The Lane. However, at the end of January when Manchester City visited White Hart Lane, everything put together over the past few weeks was blown out of the window. Goals from Sergio Agüero, Yaya Touré, Edin Džeko, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany gave Manuel Pellegrini’s team a convincing 1-5 win in North London. One bad result, not the end of the world.. Right?..
February saw Tim Sherwood’s Tottenham Hotspur pick up seven points from four games and a stunning comeback to down FC Dnipro at The Lane. After a draw against Hull City and a loss at Carrow Road to Norwich City, many Spurs fans turned their backs to Tim Sherwood and wanted him out of the club. Many started to slate Daniel Levy for not having a replacement lined up for the sacking of former manager, Andre Villas Boas. To add insult to injury, a Vine was posted by a handful of anti-Sherwood fans which consisted of Sherwood admitting that he was a childhood Arsenal fan and that he would “love to see them do well.” The Vine eventually made its way down to rival supporters and as you’d expect, they made a huge mockery out of it and it was used against Spurs fans for the rest of the season. Surly it couldn’t get much worse for Tim Sherwood?
Yes it could.
March witnessed a diabolical month for Spurs which Tottenham supporters will quickly want to forget. The month saw Chelsea hammer Spurs 4-0, Arsenal win at White Hart Lane, Tottenham knocked out of the Europa League after a horrible showing against Benfica at home and the thrashing in the hands of Liverpool to edge them towards their first League title in 25 odd years. Tim Sherwood was now getting torn to pieces by a vast majority of Spurs fans and the newspapers weren’t doing him a favour either. After a satisfactory start to life as a Spurs manager, Tim Sherwood was now a dead man walking. Daniel Levy was not too impressed by his showings either. You couldn’t predict what Tim would say to the press; he didn’t like holding his thoughts back to himself and that didn’t do him any justice at all.
April took a turn for the better for Spurs after experiencing an annihilating month in March. We successfully collected 10 points from five games, which included a monumental 5-1 thrashing of Gus Poyet’s Sunderland. Doesn’t seem like a bad month, does it? Wrong. With Tim Sherwood in charge, controversy will not fail to pass you. Shortly after our 3-1 triumph against Fulham at White Hart Lane, Tim Sherwood admitted in an interview that Sandro was fit for selection, but was never selected because he’s not “good enough” to play in the team. That remarkable comment sent the whole of Twitter into a huge meltdown. Once the news reached Sandro, he tweeted “lol, lol, lol.” A comedic moment that will be remembered for some time to come for all Tottenham fans.
May was finally here, the ending of an exhausting and rather humiliating season was finally here. and many fans and newspapers insisted that the end of Tim Sherwood’s short reign at Spurs was finally here. Several newspapers and websites were reporting that Daniel Levy was already on the look for a new man to take charge as head coach as soon as the season climaxes. Louis Van Gaal, Frank De Boer, Mauricio Pochetinno and Rafael Benitez were the favourites to take over. But for now, normal services were resumed. Tottenham ended the season with a travel to West Ham before drawing the season to a close at home to Aston Villa. West Ham defeated Spurs for the third time on the trot which more or less told the story of Spurs’ season. We finished the season in some style as we scored three goals in the first half against Aston Villa and concluded the season with a 3-0 win.
Two days after, on May 13th 2014, Tim Sherwood was relived of his duties as manager of Tottenham Hotspur. I wish Tim Sherwood the best of luck in the future and wish him every success. Now we must focus on getting the right man for the job, to make us compete in all competitions and more importantly, bring silverware back to White Hart Lane.