The Tim Sherwood show should continue on TV

Posted by Dan Fitch

TottenhamGettyImagesTim Sherwood is under pressure at Tottenham amid suggestions he may not be manager next season.

If you wanted a typical Spurs-under-Tim-Sherwood performance, then I guess the 3-3 draw at West Brom might be it. There were plenty of goals at both ends. The defence played nervously and consistently made errors, while it was only a moment of individual attacking brilliance that saved Tottenham and Sherwood's blushes.

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Since the game, social media has been abuzz with claims that Sherwood stayed true to past form by thinking of the most incredulous thing he could possibly say and then saying it in front of people recording his every word. Continue Reading...

Six-goal thriller or six-goal embarrassment?

Posted by John Crace

TottenhamGettyImagesTottenham went behind early on to West Brom.

It might look like one of the season's great comebacks, but that only tells half the story. The more accurate description is that Spurs gifted West Brom a three-goal head start, an act of largesse that the Baggies promptly returned to end the game 3-3.

For almost the first time this season Tim Sherwood named an unchanged side, but the only real consistency was that Spurs once again began a match as if their minds were on the beaches of Rio. Within 43 seconds the visitors were a goal down at the Hawthorns, with the only Spurs player to have touched the ball being Hugo Lloris, who pushed across straight across into the path of Matej Vydra. Continue Reading...

Spurs players have only reputation to lose against West Brom

Posted by Dan Fitch

Mike Hewitt/Getty ImagesSandro has arguably shown the most promise of any Tottenham player.

At this stage of the season a team generally doesn't want to have to face a side fighting against relegation. Luckily for Tottenham, it matters little if they win, lose or draw.

After the 5-1 win over Sunderland, some fans got carried away to the extent that they started to speculate that Spurs could still qualify for the Champions League. If there is still anyone out there harbouring under this misbelief, let us firmly establish that this is simply not going to happen. Continue Reading...

Here comes the story of Harry Kane

Posted by Dan Fitch

Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty ImagesHarry Kane scored in Spurs' 5-1 romp over Sunderland on Monday night.

The news that Harry Kane was starting for Tottenham in their match against Sunderland was not greeted with much enthusiasm by my fellow supporters as we made our way to the Lane on Monday night.

Shock was expressed, then horror. It was if I'd just revealed that manager Tim Sherwood had re-signed Andy Booth on loan and was playing him up front, rather than a homegrown England U-21 international.

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Personally, I find that attitude surprising. Continue Reading...

Sherwood's thankless task

Posted by John Crace

Tim SherwoodGettyImagesTottenham manager Tim Sherwood has had a difficult introduction to life as a manager.

The sense of anticipation outside the ground before kickoff is usually unmistakeable. On Monday, the feeling was very different. As I walked up Tottenham High Road towards White Hart Lane, it was as if everyone was turning up for a preseason friendly. Several times I heard supporters say to one another “Why am I going tonight?” Spurs' season was effectively over, Sunderland were not a big attraction and to make matters worse it was starting to tip down with rain.

The stage was set for another classic Tottenham non-performance; a mixture of low comedy and low energy. Continue Reading...

Spurs talent shines against shocking Sunderland

Posted by Dan Fitch

Ian Walton/Getty ImagesTottenham haven't celebrated much in recent weeks, but Sunderland gave the team its fans plenty to cheer about.

See what can happen when the team knows that Tim Sherwood won't be manager next season? Actually, tonight's 5-1 result had less to do with what is going on at a Tottenham and a lot more to do with how bad Sunderland are.

This is a team that are meant to be fighting relegation, yet they displayed more of a laissez-faire attitude than Spurs -- a side that genuinely has nothing to play for. It all started quite brightly for the visitors, as Tottenham continued their recent charitable ways by presenting Sunderland with an opening goal served on a silver platter. Continue Reading...

Spurs must show more desire against Sunderland

Posted by John Crace

A race to the bottom may not be the most accurate verdict on Monday night's match between Spurs and Sunderland at White Hart Lane. After all, the Northeast club is currently propping up the Premier League table while Spurs are fairly comfortable in an anonymous seventh position that may be enough to ensure they have no involvement in next year's Europa League.

But even so, this fixture still has a race-to-the-bottom feel, a game more likely to be littered with nerves, misplaced passes and ugly tackles than creativity or fluency. Continue Reading...

ENIC out? Be careful what you wish for

Posted by Dan Fitch

When a club's owners waste an entire season thanks to their poor decisions, then they shouldn't be surprised if they anger their fan base.

Daniel Levy and company have dropped clanger after clanger since the summer. As a result, a sizable percentage of Tottenham's support are calling for the club's largest shareholder, Levy's ENIC Group (Formerly known as English National Investment Company), to go.

As children we are taught to forgive mistakes when possible, but there's only so much ineptitude that can be tolerated. Continue Reading...

No holiday from Spurs' problems as Sherwood appointment gets worse

Posted by Dan Fitch

Clive Rose/Getty ImagesTottenham's Tim Sherwood is searching for answers but finding very few.

Everyone needs a break from work and an opportunity to recharge the batteries every now and then. This is especially true if your work involves analysing the goings on at Tottenham Hotspur.

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I was in two minds as to whether I’d actually make the effort to watch the Liverpool game. My pre-match prediction was a heavy four or five goal defeat, so why put myself through the agony of watching those events unfold when I could be poolside with a cold drink at hand? Continue Reading...

Rudderless Spurs show no heart at Anfield

Posted by John Crace

The victory was as comfortable as the 4-0 scoreline suggests. It could easily have been five or six. Again. Worst of all, there can be few people who didn't see it coming. Even the Spurs players appeared as if they were staring at the certainty of defeat when they walked out onto the pitch before the kickoff; their body language suggested that each and every one of them would have rather been somewhere other than Anfield.

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Any lingering thoughts of a surprise were extinguished within two minutes, when Christian Eriksen missed a tackle on Glen Johnson, whose cross first deflected off Jan Vertonghen and then Younes Kaboul for an own goal. Continue Reading...

Sherwood and Spurs have chance to finish season on a high note

Posted by John Crace

Gylfi Sigurdsson fires home the winning goal for Tottenham.PA PhotosGylfi Sigurdsson fires home the winning goal for Tottenham.

You've got to give Tim Sherwood some credit for his half-time team talk and his instructions to the back four to play deeper. You've also got to credit the team with having the guts to turn around a 2-0 deficit. Yet the abiding impression of Sunday's 3-2 win against Southampton was of a comedy of errors.

The first four goals would have had anyone watching a Sunday afternoon pub side laughing out loud.

First, Kyle Naughton let the ball bounce over his head. Then he compounded it by passing the ball to the opposition. Continue Reading...

Thrilling Spurs win proves they have the quality but no guidance

Posted by Dan Fitch

Gylfi Sigurdsson fires home the winning goal for Tottenham.PA PhotosGylfi Sigurdsson fires home the winning goal for Tottenham.

At a stage of the season when there is very little to play for at some clubs, you have to take your points of interest where you can get them.

On Sunday, for Tottenham's 3-2 win against Southampton, the focus was on the tactical battle between Spurs' Tim Sherwood and Saints' Mauricio Pochettino. The former a manager trying to save his job and the latter one of the main candidates to replace him.

On the evidence of the first-half at White Hart Lane, only the staunchest pro-Sherwood fan -- in fact, quite possibly only his blood relatives -- would prefer him to be in charge at Spurs next season over the Argentine. Continue Reading...