On Sunday, Tim Sherwood almost certainly managed Tottenham Hotspur for the last time. He'll leave the club at some point this summer, to be replaced by a more experienced manager, and the fans will rejoice.
But if you were expecting him to depart very shortly, I have some bad news for you. It might not be that easy.
It's clear that Sherwood isn't good enough to take a fringe Champions League side into the top four, but that doesn't mean he's a bad coach. On the contrary, he's done a reasonable job under bad circumstances with Spurs and was an excellent youth coach. He'd make a great hire for a Championship club, and some of the Premier League's relegation battlers could certainly do worse. So it comes as no surprise that we've heard grumblings about Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and his former club Blackburn Rovers being interested in hiring him.
And herein lies a problem. Sherwood has a contract for another year. He would like to take one of those jobs if Spurs are not going to retain him, but would probably like to get paid off to get fired first. The three above-mentioned clubs would like to hire him, but do not want to pay Spurs compensation. Daniel Levy wants Sherwood gone, but doesn't want to pay to fire him if someone else wants to hire him away. See the problem here?
All three parties have different interests and would like this scenario to play out a different way. Ultimately, it could end with Levy agreeing to bite the bullet and sign a check or Sherwood agreeing to quit his post. But it might take a lengthy staring contest between Levy, Sherwood and Sherwood's potential new employers to get to this point. Levy is notoriously stubborn, and I don't see Sherwood as someone who's going to give in easily either.
Tim Sherwood will not be the manager of Tottenham Hotspur next season, but the break might not be as clean as we anticipated.