Sherwood hits out at Spurs' 'deafening silence' over his future

Coach angered by board's lack of response to rumours he will be replaced

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 March, 2014, 9:34am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 March, 2014, 9:34am

Having seen his hopes of steering Tottenham Hotspur into the Champions League tempered by a thumping loss at leaders Chelsea, under pressure manager Tim Sherwood questioned the failure of his board to dispel rumours he is to be replaced.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has been heavily linked with a move to the English Premier League club following the World Cup in Brazil in June and July with Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy tight-lipped about any possible appointment.

The silence is deafening, isn't it? It's up to Daniel [Levy]. I didn't know if he was at the game or not. Maybe he was travelling.
Tim Sherwood

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Van Gaal has said multiple times in recent weeks that he is interested in a move to England - and acknowledged the Spurs link.

"The silence is deafening, isn't it?" Sherwood said. "It's up to Daniel. I didn't know if he was at the game or not. Maybe he was travelling."


His appointment would be the high-profile name fans were seeking in December following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.

Instead, Sherwood was surprisingly handed an 18-month contract after stepping up from his role in charge of the development squad. He said he wasn't interested in being Van Gaal's No 2. "I feel I can do the number one job but I'd be no good as a number two, I'm too opinionated. I wouldn't want to do the job," the 45-year-old said.

"There is a place for a technical director, someone who sees the club from bottom to top of the training field.

"There's a definite place for that, otherwise you get no continuity and end up buying seven or 10 players every window and your turnover of players is too great."

Italian Franco Baldini is currently technical director but his position could also be in jeopardy. Baldini helped Spurs sign seven new recruits at the start of the season at a cost of over £100 million (HK$1.3 billion) but Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado in particular have struggled. Three of the seven started on the bench against Chelsea with the other four injured.

Tottenham's season unravelled when a 5-0 home loss to Liverpool, which followed a 6-1 defeat at Manchester City, proved the end for Villas Boas and Sherwood has also overseen similarly large defeats.

Beaten 5-1 at home by City in January, they fell apart in a 4-0 loss at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after being level with just over 30 minutes remaining.

"We lack something don't we?" the manager said. "Capitulations are happening too often.

"In adversity, when things go against us, that's when we go missing. You either have that in you or you haven't. We need to stand up and be counted sooner rather than later.

"One thing I guarantee is that no one cares more than me. I want the team to do very well and it hurts me when they don't. I'm afraid I need people in that dressing room to be hurting like I am."