Wednesday 18 October 2017

Sherwood still in charge as Laudrup and De Boer say no

Tottenham caretaker manager Tim Sherwood
Tottenham caretaker manager Tim Sherwood

Matt Law

Tottenham are becoming increasingly desperate in their bid to find a new head coach.

It is understood Spurs are yet to settle on a final shortlist of realistic targets or make a firm decision on whether to pursue a short-term or long-term appointment.

Interim head coach Tim Sherwood will take charge of the team again for tomorrow's game against Southampton, but chairman Daniel Levy is struggling to find a permanent replacement for Andre Villas-Boas.

Frank de Boer insists he is happy at Ajax and has no plans to leave the Dutch club mid-season, but that has not stopped Tottenham trying to establish whether he could still be a long-term target for the summer.

Spurs are understood to have looked in several different directions already and Levy has asked key allies, both inside and outside the club, for their thoughts and information.

FC Basel's Murat Yakin and Zenit Saint Petersburg's Luciano Spalletti are believed to be of interest to Spurs, but Southampton's Mauricio Pochettino claims he has not spoken to Tottenham and Michael Laudrup insists he would not leave Swansea mid-season.

Sherwood confirmed he would like the job on a permanent basis. But asked if Levy had given him any firm indications of his plans, the former midfielder said: "He can't can he? I suppose because the pressure's on him, if it goes wrong. I'd don't like to think negatively, but if we weren't to get a good result, I suppose he's taking every game as it comes."

Sherwood is "open-minded" about the prospect of working with Tottenham director of football Franco Baldini. But he admitted the jury is still out on a number of the club's summer signings and questioned whether they are better than the English players who were let go.

Baldini helped Spurs spend £110m on seven new players, while Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone and Scott Parker were sold, and Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll were sent out on loan.

Questioned over whether he would be happy to work with Baldini, Sherwood replied: "I've never known anything different, as I've never managed without a director of football. I'm open-minded to it. My style of management would just have to evolve."

A number of Tottenham's new signings have struggled to make an impact and Sherwood admitted the club must be careful to only spend money on players who improve the first team.

"Every club that has been successful at bringing players through always buys players as well, that's the nature of it," said Sherwood. "My point of view is, I like to buy players who are going to make a difference to your 11.

"They need time, a lot of these boys that joined in the summer. When you play in a different country... I never did it, but I recognise it does take time."

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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