Tottenham can pretty much wave goodbye to the dodgy appointments of old with Mauricio Pochettino seemingly in it for the long run, but once upon a time, they were not so lucky.
Appointing interim managers on a permanent basis is a dodgy business, is it not? Just look at the state of Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea, Mike Phelan at Hull City, Stuart Pearce at Manchester City, Ricky Sbragia at Sunderland, Steve Keane at Blackburn, Gary Monk at Swansea, Craig Shakespeare at Leicester and, of course, Tim Sherwood at Tottenham.
We are yet to truly understand the science and psychology behind the bump in form teams tend to experience under an interim boss, but in all our wisdom we tend to reduce the complex phenomenon down to a simple ‘honeymoon period’ buzz. You know, the generic phrase that can be pretty much applied in any and all situations; relationships, businesses, university, and in this case, football.
Tim Sherwood only managed one Premier League game as the interim boss but his 3-2 victory over Southampton seemed to be enough to convince the powers that be that he was the man for the job.
“We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward,” Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy told the club’s official website.
Sherwood inherited the Spurs squad from Andre Villas-Boas when they were loitering around seventh place and after 26 games in charge, managed to hoist them up to sixth spot – winning 13, drawing four and losing nine. Remarkable stuff.
He was sacked in May 2014 after just five months in charge.
Despite his evident lack of ability managing at the top level of English football, Aston Villa saw fit to appoint the former England international to steer their sinking ship away from the almost certain doom and depths of Premier League relegation. Unsurprisingly Sherwood failed, and after just 28 games in charge, he was sacked with a points-per-game ration of 1.14 – oh dear.
Although Sherwood spent a brief amount of time as technical director of Swindon Town, he now occupies his time as a pundit spreading nonsensical brain manure over pretty much everything in his path. Like high-pitched noises and the elderly, knowledgeable football fans tend not to hear his squeaks.
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