Tim Sherwood won't survive beyond the summer. You have to ask yourself if you are a Spurs fan, would you really want him as your manager?
The answer would have to be no. Just because of the way he has conducted himself in certain situations. He has shown his inexperience. You can't go from managing Under-21s, and get away with the same treatment when you are dealing with seasoned professionals.
The Ajax coach Frank de Boer is the right choice for the club rather than Louis van Gaal or Mauricio Pochettino.
De Boer works with youngsters at Ajax. He was a great player, a well respected player. He can attract players from all over the world because of his name. And he will sort out Tottenham's youth system.
If you tell him he has to win the Premier League, don't bother calling him. He won't do that. But he would make Christian Eriksen his main man at Spurs because he did that at Ajax, and he would also sort out the structure of the club. He suits the club better than Van Gaal.
They need a young coach who is proven. Andre Villas-Boas was young, but De Boer is a fine coach and was a great player. That is the hardest thing to do: being a great player then becoming a decent coach. He has worked within the youth system before he became a manager in Holland.
British players want to move straight to a big job because their ego says: 'Get me in the papers every week.' Dutch players are happy to go back to basics to work with the youth coming through. And that helps them when the time comes to make the step up. You have to do that. The Dutch FA demand that. You cannot manage a Dutch team unless you have coached in the country's youth system.
We pay peanuts to people who should be rewarded for dealing with our future players, but they get no reward for it. And then we wonder why we're struggling to produce quality. The top coaches don't want to work in that system because the financial rewards are not enough.
Sherwood needed a lot longer working with the younger players at Spurs before he was ready for the top job as White Hart Lane. You would have expected someone like Tim to be a lot cleverer in the way he has gone about it.
One thing he wouldn't haven't stood for when he was a player was a manager saying the kind of things he has had to say about the team in certain press conferences. Once you go down the road of criticising players to the media, you are onto a loser.
Telling newspapers what you think and shouting and screaming at players on the touchline doesn't work. If it ever did work. If you want a good return from players who cost a lot of money, you try to be nice to them. Or at least keep the criticism as constructive as possible.
He hasn't been very constructive in the way he has conducted himself. The main problem for him is that he has put himself in that position which makes you wonder if he will have any future at Spurs after the season ends.
Would it be in the best interests of Tottenham and Tim if he maybe moves on somewhere else rather than return to coaching duties? Perhaps so. That would maybe go for Les Ferdinand too.
I can imagine there would be a bit of relief among quite a few of the players hearing that he is going. The ones that fell out of favour with AVB were maybe happy with him initially, especially Emmanuel Adebayor who was brought back into the team, but the honeymoon period ended fairly quickly. It has virtually become about Tim going to the press rather than about the team and the individual players.
A lot of people are saying the chief exec Daniel Levy should be going too, due to the turnover of managers at the club and the latest problems with AVB and now Tim. I don't really agree with that. You can look at the top, but maybe the one mistake Levy made was getting rid of AVB too quickly.
He could have kept him a bit longer because at least he would have had a structure, and a team playing in a pattern. He would also have had a better idea of what their achievements were. It would have maybe been AVB trying to win 1-0, but at least there would have been something positive coming from it.
Since AVB has gone, Spurs have gone backwards in their general standard of play. No one knows what they are doing next. Not even the players. They haven't deserved to have win so many games. Sunderland did their best last night to make Spurs look good. And they weren't even that impressive in winning 5-1.
Sunderland were just bad. Sherwood hasn't taken Spurs forward from AVB, who lacked a playing career that would have helped him understand professional players better. Sherwood arrived in a position that every ex-professional would like to be in. But when you get there, you have to remember that you were also a professional.
It is easy to be critical. But surely you have to remember how you reacted to criticism when you were a player, and what managers were saying about you. You have to remember what you didn't like. If you can man-manage players, it makes such a difference.
The 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield will do down as one of the worst performance in Tottenham's history over the past 10 or 15 years. It was utterly inept.
But that is what you can maybe expect when a manager sits in the stand looking helpless rather than coming down to the touchline to speak to the players.
Coaching and getting the best out of players is an art form in itself. In the Premier League, you need a coach who can assess players and styles of players. Proper coaching is learned in the lower divisions in England. That is where good British coaches have learnt how to deal with youngsters, and how individual players tick.
Tim hasn't done that side of it. He has come in bellowing, shouting and screaming. He is telling people he isn't going to walk away from the job. He wants this, he wants that. Sometimes silence is golden.
He will have plenty of time to work that one out when he is replaced in the close season.
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