Tuesday 23 January 2018

Van Gaal waiting in wings as 'hurting' Sherwood eyes new role

Chelsea 4 Tottenham 0

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood
Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood
Eden Hazard of Chelsea is challenged by Sandro of Spurs
Chelsea's English defender John Terry (L) in action against Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Kyle Walker
Younes Kaboul of Spurs is shown the red card by Referee Michael Oliver after bringing down Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea in the penalty area
Sandro of Spurs and Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea compete for the ball

Matt Law

TIM SHERWOOD fears that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has decided already to replace him with a new manager at the end of the season.

But Sherwood, who ripped into his players after this thrashing by Chelsea, has suggested that he would be interested in taking Franco Baldini's job as technical director at White Hart Lane.

Regardless of results for the rest of the season, Levy is expected to appoint Holland manager Louis van Gaal after the World Cup.

There is also a growing question mark over the future of Baldini after Ian Broomfield returned to Spurs as a scout yesterday only 18 months after he left. Sherwood insisted that he would not be a No 2 under Van Gaal, but hinted that he would be prepared to take Baldini's job if the Italian leaves the club.

Asked what he thought of theories that Levy would appoint a new manager in the summer, Sherwood replied: "The silence is deafening, isn't it? It's up to Daniel. It's up to the club to make that decision. One thing I guarantee people is that there is no one who cares more than me. I want the team to do very well and it hurts me when they don't. I need people to be hurting like I'm hurting."

Sherwood will reject any offer to work under Van Gaal or another new manager, but believes that he would be well suited to a technical director role. "I never want to be a No 2," Sherwood said. "I feel like I can do the No 1 job. I don't think I'd be good at No 2. I'm too opinionated.

"I do think there is a place for a technical director. I'm someone who sees the club from the bottom to the top on the training field. There's a definite place for that."

It appears harsh on Sherwood that he is already contemplating Levy replacing him.

Since the former midfielder succeeded Andre Villas-Boas on an 18-month contract in December, Tottenham have won nine of their 17 games in all competitions, drawing twice.

Sherwood has got the best out of striker Emmanuel Adebayor and has guided Spurs into the last 16 of the Europa League, where they face Benfica.

However, Tottenham have been thrashed by Manchester City, Liverpool and now Chelsea this season, and Sherwood is correct to question the attitudes of his players.

Jan Vertonghen gifted Samuel Eto'o Chelsea's opener, Younes Kaboul then pushed the striker in the penalty area which earned the defender a red card and allowed Eden Hazard to score from the spot before Demba Ba scored twice in two minutes, thanks to a slip from Sandro and a terrible back header from Kyle Walker. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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