Monday 23 October 2017

Sherwood plays hardball to earn 18-month Spurs contract

Tottenham interim manager Tim Sherwood
Tottenham interim manager Tim Sherwood

Matt Law

TIM SHERWOOD last night won an incredible game of brinkmanship with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to land an 18-month head coach contract.

Levy had initially wanted to give Sherwood only until the end of the season to prove his credentials, but the 44-year-old held out for a long-term, permanent agreement.

There were issues over whether Sherwood would be given a pay rise to the £500,000 a year he earned as the club's technical co-ordinator, but a compromise agreement was struck after hours of talks.

The fact Tottenham have appointed Sherwood until the end of the 2014-15 season indicates they will not pursue a big-name appointment in the summer as long as things go well.

Levy had met Holland manager Louis van Gaal and the Dutchman was thought to be keen on taking over at Spurs after the World Cup.

Inquiries were also made regarding Ajax's Frank de Boer, Basle's Murat Yakin and former Italy manager Marcello Lippi before Spurs opted to give Sherwood his chance.

Following negotiations at Tottenham's Enfield training complex, Levy said: "We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the club's best interests.

"We have a great squad and we owe them a head coach who will bring out the best in them and allow them to flourish and enjoy a strong, exciting finish to the season.

"We are in the fortunate position of having within our club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood. We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward."

Sherwood was told by Levy that he was being offered the chance of a lifetime to cut his teeth in management at a club the size of Tottenham.

Franco Baldini, the club's director of football, was not part of yesterday's talks.

But the Italian had already given his blessing to the appointment of Sherwood and believes it is the best move Spurs could have made at this stage.

SURPRISED

While appreciating his honesty and ambition, Tottenham officials were surprised by the bold nature of Sherwood's public demands in the immediate aftermath of his first victory against Southampton.

Sherwood made it clear he was not interested in being effectively appointed as a caretaker head coach and stuck to his word.

Left-back Danny Rose revealed that it is not just Levy who Sherwood has challenged.

According to Rose, Sherwood laid into his players during his first training session as interim head coach and has already written a new set of rules that must be observed while he is in charge.

"People may think that Tim is not a big name or doesn't have a big CV, but you know he will take no nonsense from anybody," said Rose.

"A couple of lads rolled out on to the training pitch late for his first session and he got us in a circle and said it was unacceptable.

"Fortunately, it wasn't me who was late. Tim set out some new rules and you know not to mess with him." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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