Sherwood was an Interim boss after all

Daniel Levy confirmed that Tim Sherwood was an interim boss by revealed he had an end of season termination clause within his contract.

Sherwood was an Interim boss after all


“We appointed Tim mid-season as someone who knew both the players and the Club.

“We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option."


The extra year of his 18 month contract was simply a smokescreen for the media to give the illusion of a full-time post. Tottenham wanted to avoid the disgraceful treatment dished out to Rafa Benitez at Chelsea and largely successfully achieved that despite a gutter minority.

The quality of these people was displayed last night at Ledley King's testimonial match when they tried to ruin it by abusing Tim Sherwood instead of celebrating one of our legends.

“Since appointing Tim as Assistant First Team Coach in 2008 and then as Technical Co-ordinator in 2010 and Head of Football Development in 2012, we have been supportive of him during football management changes throughout that period. On behalf of the Club, I should like to state our thanks for all his efforts during his years with us. We wish him great success in his managerial career."

There is no doubting that Tim Sherwood has done some wonderful work at Tottenham revamping our youth development and utilising the loan system to great advantage. We now have young players breaking into the team that potentially will save the club huge sums in the transfer market.

Harry Kane is only 20 but has shown he has developed now to Premier League standard. Countless strikers from the Championship come to the top division and fail to score, yet Kane tucked away three goals in three games as well as showing some nice touches and awareness of players around him.

Nabil Bentaleb has been selected to go to the World Cup, yet was only a development player 5 months ago. The 19 year-old  has shown he can handle the Premier League and could become a stalwart of the first team in another season or two. As it is he can be included in a first team squad and play when Sandro needs a rest. It's important to have three defensive midfielders so he Sandro and Capoue can fill that gap.

Jake Livermore is expected to be sold for £6 million, then there is 21 year-old Tom Carroll, 21 year-old Alex Pritchard, 18 year-old Milos Veljkovic, 23 year-old Danny Rose, 21 year-old Zeki Fryers.

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The aim of youth development is to produce Premier League players to sell and to keep the best for the club. Most fans would like to see Danny Rose sold, well if you add his fee to Jake Livermore you have brought £10 million plus into the club and haven't been paying out massive wages while developing these players.

Wages play such a crucial part of football that every club needs a set of squad players that are on lower wages, top players won't do that job for the money so developing players has it's role. With the emergence of Bentaleb there is no need to spend £10 million on a defensive midfielder.

Kyle Naughton while not great has done a job, usually quite reasonably covering both full-back positions while helping us to keep the wage bill down and pay the wages of someone like Adebayor.

To not recognise the excellent work Tim Sherwood has done in youth development for the club would be churlish.

“Moving forward, now the season is over, we shall embark on the process of finding a new Head Coach. We have a talented squad and exciting young players coming through. We need to build on this season, develop our potential and inspire the kind of performances that we associate with our great Club."

Employment law had prevented us from acting before but now we can officially approach Ajax to speak to Frank de Boer and get him appointed by the end of the month. At the moment he is on a post season tour of Indonesia and doesn't return until Saturday.

He remains the number one choice and is said to want his own future sorted in the next 19 days so perhaps we will see a swift appointment and renewed hope for a successful season come August.



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