It has been a period of stark realisation for both Tim Sherwood, the Tottenham board and the club’s fans over the past seven games, as it has become increasingly clear that the new man in charge at White Hart Lane is not a sound long-term managerial option.
Defeat in the north London derby was Sherwood’s fifth in the last seven games and leaves the club seven points behind Manchester City, who have three games in hand on the Lilywhites, in fifth spot.
Sherwood’s decision making in this current time of strife is the unavoidable factor in their dwindling fortunes and will surely have Daniel Levy scouting round the managerial dole queue for a replacement once the customary chopping and changing takes place after the World Cup.
While giving youth a chance is admirable, the decision to play Harry Kane in that Benfica match because he “would create from the number 10 role” was baffling considering Christian Eriksen was selected in the same starting XI but pinned to the left flank for 90 minutes.
Then, when enjoying all of the play against Arsenal, Sherwood hauled off Sandro, the man who was setting the Spurs initiative with his pressing and ball-winning ability in favour of Paulinho.
That decision robbed Tottenham of all their momentum as the placid Nabil Bentaleb was unable to carry on “The Beast’s” stalking work and the White Hart Lane side slowly deflated.
The former Premier League-winning captain isn’t just proving his inability on the touchline, his off-field decisions are bizarre too.
His well-documented attack on his players’ character following the Chelsea loss was a head-scratching move, followed up by the bonkers claim that he’s looking to rebuild in pre-season when his own future is by no means guaranteed.
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