Sherwood far from earning his spurs

Sherwood far from earning his spurs
TOUGH START: Tottenham’s interim manager, Tim Sherwood, has a big task of readying his team for their EPL game this Sunday, after his side were knocked out of the League Cup by Modibo Maiga’s (above, in front) winning goal for West Ham.


TOTTENHAM 1 (Emmanuel Adebayor 68)

WEST HAM 2 (Matt Jarvis 80, Modibo Maiga 85)

UNITED STATES - If this really was a job interview then Tim Sherwood can probably expect a polite, "Thanks for coming, we've still got a lot of people to see".

On the evidence of this, there's little point in calling off the search for the next Tottenham Hotspur manager yet.

Sherwood, installed as interim boss in place of Andre Villas-Boas on Sunday, saw his side take the lead against a weakened West Ham, only to throw it away in the closing stages.

Goals from Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga booked the Hammers a semi-final showdown with Manchester City.

Sherwood, with some justification, bemoaned his side's failure to take advantage of a bright start, but gave some clues as to the reasons for Tottenham's troubles.

"I think, to be honest, they ran out of steam. They're fit enough to play a certain way, but I wanted to change the way we played. I asked them to play a little more gung-ho and up and at them."

While there's nothing wrong with Sherwood's methods, there's something seriously wrong with a club who install a technical director with ideas so different from the first-team manager that the players are incapable of doing both.

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