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Tim's dodgy math

Tim Sherwood says ""If I had started the season, we would have been in the Champions League." He also likes to say (as you may have heard) that he has the best win ratio of any Spurs manager in the Premier League.

On the first point he’s WRONG. He won 42 points in 22 games which equals 1.91 points per game which over 38 games equals 72.6 points which would put him just above Everton in fifth places and some way behind Arsenal in fourth.

On the second point he conveniently overlooks his abysmal cup record, as if managers were somehow not supposed to win cup games. If we take this into account he gets 50% against 55% for AVB. But, I can hear the Sherwoodistas bleat, (all five of them or however many are left) AVB’s figures were inflated by easy wins against the likes of Tromso and Tblisi. True, but then we must also consider such things as:

Redknapp took over a team in much worse shape than the one Sherwood inherited, which impacts on his averages

ditto Jol

from the beginning of the Premier League until Jol Spurs were always rubbish, so doing better than those managers is nothing to shout about

in recent years the gap has widened between the top and bottom of the PL, so higher win/points averages are to be expected

when AVB was fired he had played all the tough matches in the first half of the season. Before the midway point Sherwood had the comparatively easy fixtures of Stoke and WBA at home, and Southampton away.

Re the last point, if we judge Sherwood on the second half of the season alone, which would be a fairer comparison, his points per season drops to 70. His precious league win percentage drops to 47% and falls behind AVB’s . And he still has an abysmal cup record.

None of which important detail will be remembered in the future mythology of Tim the Titan. Putin-like, he has shaped the narrative with dodgy facts, and the saps on BBC, Sky, and everywhere else have swallowed them whole.

PS, I hope you American readers appreciate my attempt to speak your language. I said math! Not maths!


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