Things are going really well at Tottenham Hotspur right now. Mauricio Pochettino’s team have clinched a spot in the next round of the Champions League, and they’re the favorites for tomorrow’s massive North London Derby at Arsenal. Poch is loved at Spurs like no other recent manager has been, and a certain gillet-wearing former boss is super jealous.
That’s right, Tim Sherwood gave another embarrassingly delusional interview. As always with Sherwood, every quote he gives in this Telegraph article is comedy gold. Here are some of the highlights (lowlights?) from the piece:
“There was a very negative vibe at the club when I took over and the crowd wasn’t happy,” he tells The Independent, leaning back on his chair at a Soho hotel, now two years out of club management. “The club was on the slide. They were down and needed stabilising. Look, they needed someone at the time and there was nobody else to come in, but I was there and knew the players. It was an opportunity for me and I took it.”
He flatly rejects the suggestion his time at the club has come to be seen as a failure. “No, it was never a negative thing,” he insists. In fact, he believes he provided the platform for Pochettino's success. “I always knew I was only getting until the end of the season and my win percentage was 59 per cent – which is high," he adds. "And when the guy they have now took over from me, it wasn’t broken. It was a steady ship and he has now added to it.”
The man is a parody of himself. Would any of us be shocked to find out that he has some sort of plaque or trophy in his home commemorating that infamous 59% win ratio?
And how can he possibly claim he captained a steady ship when he oversaw embarrassments like a 5-1 loss to Man City, a 4-0 loss to Chelsea, a 4-0 loss to Liverpool, and a 2-0 loss to West Ham?
Sherwood clashed with the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Erik Lamela and Paulinho. He doesn’t dispute he had problems with some of the club’s highest-paid players. “A lot of them were wrangling to leave because there had been a lot of uncertainty,” he admits. “There weren’t too many bad apples – but many of them knew I wasn’t going to be around for the long-term, probably though their agents or something.
“That’s ultimately why I felt the young players deserved their opportunity and there really wasn’t any reason for them to not have the same opportunities as the players that had been brought to the club for between £20-40m. I gave them a chance and, look, then the likes of Kane, Bentaleb, (Danny) Rose and (Kyle) Walker were all integrated into the team.”
He does get credit for the short-term success of Nabil Bentaleb at Spurs, and his impact on Kane and Rose can be debated, but including Walker in there is undeniably insane. Kyle made 37 appearances for Tottenham in 2011/12 under Harry Redknapp, and then another 36 the following year under Andre Villas-Boas. He was already so well integrated into the team that he was the Premier League’s Young Player of the Year under AVB!!!!!!!!
Sherwood did nothing for Walker except stupidly start him as a #10 in that previously mentioned 4-0 loss to Chelsea.
Also, this is the same guy who started Nacer Chadli in defensive midfield against Benfica, they don’t ironically call him “Tactics Tim” for nothing.
“And then when Pochettino came in, he had obviously all seen them rehearse, hadn’t he? So he takes over, sticks with them and they obviously all do very well. Some he got rid of but they were sold on for a good price and it’s all helped to pay for a nice little training ground.
“So he has done a really fantastic job and, in hindsight, if I'd have known the way he works and the way he likes to develop young players, which is what I like to do, I could have been tempted into staying there to help him out.”
Unlike the average person, Tim Sherwood’s hindsight is not 20/20. Judging by his reflections on the past his is more like 20/200 vision.
I don’t believe that there was any offer to him to stay at the club after his sacking, but I guess we can just let him keep thinking that.
Tim Sherwood is irrelevant and unemployed. He knows this, and he desperately wants that to change. Hence him trying to make Pochettino’s success all about himself, and hence him ending the interview with a plea for employment.
“I’m interested in any job,” he says. “I’ve had a few chats with clubs at home and abroad and I wouldn’t rule out development coaching again to be honest.”
He pauses. “If somebody wants to show me the same commitment that I would show to the job, then great. But with a lot of the jobs I have discussed since Villa, the clubs have been more keen to speak about the divorce before the marriage. They just want to talk about what happens when it goes wrong and I want the opportunity to build something.”
Hmm “any job” you say? I’d say Daniel Levy could throw him a bone and let him work construction on the new stadium, but he’s not qualified for that...just as he isn’t qualified to be a football manager.
Please Tim, just stop talking.