Blogs & Opinion


Tim Sherwood: Tottenham boss can only be judged once he has entered the transfer market

Jamie Carragher - Jamie Carragher Posted 21st March 2014 view comments

Tim Sherwood has been very fiery on the touchline - and about his players - since taking over at Tottenham but I really do think he is enjoying his first crack as a boss.

It is rare to see a young coach who has never managed before get a job as high-profile as the one at Tottenham, so I'm sure he realises what a great opportunity he has been given and wants to make the most if it.

Sherwood should be given chance to build something at Spurs, says Carra

Sherwood should be given chance to build something at Spurs, says Carra

Sherwood is very passionate and seems in no doubt of his ability to lead Spurs in the long term - though he probably has to come across as confident with someone who has achieved as much as Louis van Gaal being mentioned as an alternative.

I would like to see Tim get the job for the foreseeable future because he has got some good results this year - the wins at Man United and Newcastle spring to mind - and it is always hard to judge a manager when he comes in midseason and doesn't have his squad.

Between fourth and seventh is where they should be finishing so I don't think they are doing too bad.

Carra on Tottenham
Quotes of the week

Things weren't plain sailing for Liverpool in Brendan Rodgers' first season in charge but he was allowed to bed in and sign people he really wanted, and my old club have really kicked on this season.

Sherwood knows the fabric of Tottenham and could really build something at White Hart Lane if he is given time, though his job could be made tougher if, as looks likely, they end up playing Thursday-night football again next year.

I think three defeats in four over the last month has put Champions League qualification beyond Spurs, but between fourth and seventh is where they should be finishing so I don't think they are doing too bad.

Confident

Emmanuel Adebayor has come in since Sherwood took over and I think his physicality has made Tottenham harder to deal with in attacking areas than when they had Roberto Soldado up front on his own.

Sherwood has shuffled around with two up top and one in the hole but Adebayor has been the constant presence, scoring 11 goals in his 18 games since getting back into the first XI.

But other than that and the emergence of Nabil Bentaleb, who has looked very promising in the middle of midfield, there haven't been massive changes for Tottenham since Andre Villas-Boas was sacked.

I do, though, think Sherwood feels more confident about leaving the summer signings out, whereas Villas-Boas, probably because he played a part in getting them, was under more pressure to start them.

A lot of the new guys look neat and tidy, especially Christian Eriksen, whether he has played as a No. 10 or from the left.

But they all need to prove they can make a long-lasting impact in the Premier League and that will be their challenge if they are there next season.

That is what Maurico Pochettino seems to be doing at Southampton.

He was fantastic after taking over from Nigel Adkins in the last campaign, has been even better this year and has some of the form players in the country playing for him, so he must be in with a shout for Manager of the Season.

Southampton are packed with home-grown lads, like Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, and going to St Mary's is now one of the toughest games of the season as you know their movement and pressing can hurt you.

But they are excellent on the road, too, losing just five of their 15 away games and winning three and drawing one of their last five, so Sunday's match will be a tough test for Tottenham.

back to top

Other Football Experts:

Latest Posts in Football:

Ray Wilkins

Wilkins: Rooney for captain

Ray Wilkins says Wayne Rooney is the "standout candidate" for the England captaincy....

Jamie Carragher

Carra: Gerrard hard to replace

Jamie Carragher says there’s no natural replacement for Steven Gerrard in the England team....

Martin Tyler

Tyler: We need Stevie's values

Steven Gerrard can inspire the next generation of England stars even in retirement, says Martin Tyler....

Latest News RSS feeds

Live transfer updates

Frank Lampard joins New York City FC, Spurs target Ron Vlaar and Swansea sign Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero.

Carroll set for surgery

West Ham's Andy Carroll is to have surgery after suffering an ankle injury which could keep him out for four months.

'Impossible' schedule - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised his side’s hectic pre-season schedule as bordering on the impossible.

Vidal 'not going to United'

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has told the Italian press that he will not be going to Manchester United this summer.

Lampard signs for New York

England midfielder Frank Lampard has confirmed he will join the MLS team New York City FC on a two-year contract.

Features

Trevor Francis questions whether Hart or Caballero will be Man City's goalkeeper

Trevor Francis questions whether Hart or Caballero will be Man City's goalkeeper

Trevor Francis says the International Champions Cup will provide the first indicator over Joe Hart's future in the Manchester City team, following the arrival of Willy Caballero.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has found early success with 3-5-2 and might be tempted to stick with it

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has found early success with 3-5-2 and might be tempted to stick with it

One of the first questions put to Louis van Gaal in his opening press conference as Manchester United manager was whether he would be introducing the same formation and philosophy right through the club’s youth system.

Why new signing Willy Caballero has the ability to usurp Joe Hart as Manchester City's first-choice goalkeeper

Why new signing Willy Caballero has the ability to usurp Joe Hart as Manchester City's first-choice goalkeeper

With Joe Hart celebrating title success with Manchester City after five consecutive wins to finish the season, it is easy to forget that for the second campaign in a row the England goalkeeper had struggled.