Tottenham : Appointing Sherwood is a mistake

Appointment of novice suggests Levy has written this season off

Despite the negativity surrounding White Hart Lane over the last couple of weeks it is important to gain some perspective and take a look at the table. Spurs have one more point now than at at this point last season and are still in the fight for Champions League qualification. They are only four points off fourth.

With so much to play for in the league the appointment of Tim Sherwood as Head Coach until the end of the next season should disappoint all Spurs fans. By appointing a novice coach into the managerial hotseat Levy is taking a gamble that history suggests will explode in his face.

Most of the managers that do well in at the top level have significant experience of not just coaching but management at some level even if it is not Premier League. Out of the managers that have been given a chance at Premier League level with little managerial experience history has not been kind.

Paul Ince quickly got the sack at Blackburn. Paolo Di Canio failed spectacularly at Sunderland and with respect these were at clubs that are not as big as Tottenham. Experience in a manager is crucial. Considering that Daniel Levy just sacked a manager who was fast tracked from Porto to Chelsea where he failed and then quickly onto Spurs where he also failed. You would think Levy would have learnt the importance of experience.

Instead by appointing a novice footballing logic suggests that Tottenham can now only expect a period of transition at best as both the new Head Coach and the new signings bed in. This however, doesn’t seem fit with the aim of finishing in the top four that was AVB’s brief. At worse, and much more likely, Spurs will now struggle in the league and fail to challenge for European qualification of any sort.

Sherwood’s lack of experience has also been evident in his tactical selections so far. Against both West Ham and Southampton Sherwood effectively ceded control of the midfield to the opposition. The result of this was exciting games but a Spurs team that never looked in control of the match at any point.

Against better teams these tactical decisions will be exposed quickly. If Southampton managed to earn 57% possession against Tottenham and score twice imagine what Mourinho’s Chelsea or Pelligrini’s Manchester City will do.

By appointing a novice Tottenham have taken a gamble that will likely not pay off.