Spurs: It's Time For The Biggest Decision Of Daniel Levy's Career
Tim Sherwood oversaw a team yesterday that mustered just two shots on goal and ended a seven year unbeaten home record against Arsenal, with Tomas Rosicky’s thunderbastard flying past Hugo Lloris in just under a minute and a half.
Now, chairman Daniel Levy has to decide whether he sticks or twists with his manager in regard of planning for the 2014/2015 season.
Does he stick with ‘Dim Tim’, who has effectively lost twice to his boyhood team, Arsenal, lost in crucial FA Cup, Capital One Cup and now the Europa League games - or does he go for an established manager who is known worldwide for winning trophies, and who implements a real philosophy on a club, a manager resembling Louis van Gaal?
Many fans gave Tim Sherwood the benefit of doubt, considering his predecessor divided opinion after the sacking of Harry Redknapp most of the club wanted to unite, but in reality our season was over when we lost 5-0 at home to Liverpool.
Regardless, Sherwood’s appointment to begin with was utterly bizarre, and it seems that Daniel Levy caved in to Tim Sherwood’s demands of being given a go in the Tottenham Hotspur hot seat.
This job has come at least five years too early for someone who has next to none managerial credibility, and although Sherwood had to start somewhere to get his managerial career off and running, it’s widely believed that Swindon Town would have been a good fit for Sherwood, with their Swindon Town’s current chairman regularly singing the praises of the current Spurs boss.
One thing Sherwood has got going for him is that the media appear to be on his side, because if Andre Villas-Boas had been in charge whilst being knocked out of three cup competitions, literally saying the word ‘nah’ in regard to potential Champions League qualification, playing Harry Kane instead of our £26m striker in Roberto Soldado in a massive game against Benfica, I’m sure Daily Mail’s duo of Martin Samuel and Neil Ashton would have piped up.
There are calls for chairman Daniel Levy to show some accountability for our failures this season, and failures in the past, (our ‘relationship’ with Real Madrid, selling our best players year in year out, the lack of movement in terms of the new stadium.)
It even went as far as a few placards of ‘Levy Out’ before the North London derby on Sunday, and I tend to agree with those who are voicing their concerns.
There are only so many incidents where Levy can lay all the trouble and the guilt at the manager’s door, considering he has gone through eight managers in his 13-year stint at the club.
Spurs fans would appreciate some accountability from ENIC, and especially Daniel Levy. The fans are powerless to stop Spurs’ rut, and while the players may get criticism from the manager and coaching staff, it’s clear to see there is real trouble behind the scenes at N17, after dividing fans through the ‘Y’ word debate and issues with Stubhub.
Bringing back former head scout Ian Broomfield, who was on the verge of joining Arsenal until Levy produced a pay packet to make a man cry with joy, but this decision from Daniel Levy is probably the most sensible choice he’s made all year, considering Broomfield brought in Lloris, Vertonghen and Sandro.
Finally, a win for Spurs over a top four rival.
Now, Daniel Levy has the tough decision to make whether he sticks with Sherwood or he twists and brings in van Gaal or de Boer – over to you, Mr Levy, it could be the biggest decision of your Spurs tenure.
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