People want us to fail - Sherwood
Published 08/03/2014 | 08:22
Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood is not sure why some people appear to want him to fail and will continue to ignore the background noise about his future.
Having sacked Andre Villas-Boas in December, Spurs handed Sherwood the reins on an 18-month deal after impressing in temporary charge.
Sherwood has overseen just two defeats from his 12 league matches at the helm, putting the north Londoners fifth in the form table and giving them with a shout of a top-four finish.
Despite that, Sherwood's position continues to be scrutinised and, while first to admit the team is not yet playing in the manner he would like, he cannot understand why people are judging him so harshly.
Asked if he has been given the recognition he deserves, Sherwood said: "No, probably not. People have been waiting for us to fail and lose some games.
"I don't know. I just think the perception is you cannot be a rookie manager and come in and be that good."
Sherwood admits it could possibly be because he is English or perceived to be gung-ho, before refusing to compare himself to a young Jose Mourinho.
The pair go head-to-head in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, where the Portuguese is revered having risen through the ranks after being given a chance as a colt at Benfica.
The Chelsea manager has gone onto win titles in four different countries in addition to winning two Champions Leagues - success Sherwood would love to replicate, but by a different process.
"He is probably a different manager to how I would want to manage," Sherwood said.
"Mourinho, as he has proved, goes into a club, gets backed by the chairman and buys the players to win instantly.
"I would see myself as more of a manager who builds something over time but I realise at the moment that is not possible because I have been dealt a hand here and I have to try to win games.
"I'm going from game to game to try to keep myself in a job."
Time appears to be of the essence for Sherwood, with speculation rife over his future as others continue to be linked with the White Hart Lane post.
He is unsure about what he needs to do to keep the job and, with summer plans have been put on ice, is "just cracking on" for the time being.
While not one to worry about the lack of public support from the Tottenham hierarchy, the head coach was quick to point to the success currently being reaped by Liverpool after remaining patient with Brendan Rodgers.
"I honestly believe I can be a good manager, but I am realistic enough to know that you don't get given time," Sherwood said.
"I think Liverpool is a good example. They gave Brendan time. Seventh last year and look at where he is now. It is a great example.
"And that team play football exactly how he wants them to play. But they had to take that step back.
"We are talking about Liverpool - a club that has won the Champions League many, many times and won loads of league titles."