Criticism of Tottenham hierarchy sealed fate for Tim Sherwood
Tim Sherwood was told that his public criticism of the Tottenham hierarchy was why chairman Daniel Levy was sacking him as Spurs manager, just six months after he gave him an 18-month contract as Andre Villas-Boas' successor.
It came as no surprise to Sherwood, who was told on April 7, before the club's Premier League fixture with Sunderland, that he was to leave at the end of this season – on that occasion he was told it was his lack of experience that counted against him. The club announced that a break clause in his contract had been activated but Sherwood is nonetheless due the value of the remainder of his deal.
The meeting between the two men took place yesterday morning without Franco Baldini, the technical director, who for now is safe as he goes about the job of appointing Sherwood's successor – Levy's ninth manager, excluding caretakers, since he took over the chairmanship. Sherwood has been critical of Spurs – and by implication Levy and Joe Lewis, the billionaire owner of Enic, the club's majority shareholder – but only as it became clear that they were not interested in pursuing any kind of long-term plan with him.
He said that the "silence is deafening" from the boardroom after defeat to Chelsea in March. When Spurs denied Frank de Boer's claims that the club had approached Ajax over his availability, Sherwood said that "someone was telling porkies".
There are no firm plans yet as to who his successor will be, although Southampton's Mauricio Pochettino will be a contender. Levy is thought to be going cold on De Boer.
The club face a summer of difficult decisions after the poor returns on their £109m investment in seven players last summer after the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Sherwood was given the option to return to his role as technical coordinator when he was first told of the club's intentions in April. He declined and the club will now make decisions on his assistants Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey.
Levy said in a statement: "I should like to state our thanks for all his (Tim's) efforts during his years with us." (© Independent News Service)