Steve Kean's position as Blackburn Rovers boss looks to be winding to a close with the Glaswegian reportedly failing to hit the points target set out by owners Venky's at this early stage of the new Championship season, leading to a host of ex Blackburn players being linked as his successor, the latest of which is Tottenham Hotspur’s Tim Sherwood.
It's been coming in truth and his next defeat or even draw may see a P45 arrive on his desk with immediate effect, much to the delight of the Ewood Park faithful. Ex-Rovers captain Sherwood has been tipped return to the Lancashire club as and when Kean is removed from his role, but is the 43-year-old the right man for the job?
The new owners at Blackburn boast erratic characteristics and no doubt will continue to be pretty hands on whoever they get in. Kean has been somewhat of a 'yes man' up until now, but with recent results going against him; it appears now's the time to bring in a figure the fans can get behind to push on with ambitions to return to the top flight.
Sherwood isn't stupid and will be fully aware of the turbulent Venky's reign to date, but the lure of returning to Blackburn, where he had his most successful playing days, may prove to be a fairytale which he simply cannot refuse. It may sound good from a Rovers supporter perspective but Sherwood currently holds a job at Spurs which could throw up a complication in regards to reaching a compensation agreement.
It's been coming in truth and his next defeat or even draw may see a P45 arrive on his desk with immediate effect
An approach from Rovers may not be entirely welcome from Spurs supremo Daniel Levy given the praise highly-rated Sherwood has received over the past 12 months from his colleagues both to the press and talk coming from behind closed doors. It's been a steady rise since joining the coaching staff in 2008, he was heavily linked with an internal promotion to the role of assistant manager and more recently director of football alongside Andre Villas-Boas, but so far has continued to be involved in and around the Spurs development and under-21 teams.
Given the lack of progress over the summer may also play into Blackburn's hands. It's a strange one when you look at it from a Spurs perspective, he was kept on as many coaches were axed during the off-season, indicating a future role under the new management structure, his rumoured promotion hasn't yet come to fruition and now the talk of him leaving asks questions.
Sherwood's qualities are clear - he's a leader. Skippering a Kenny Dalglish managed side to the Premier League crown in 1995 ranks as a career high which is obviously no mean feat. The popular title winning duo of Alan Shearer and Tim Flowers often praised Sherwood as being the influential lynch-pin of the team, which certainly bodes well for a potential step up into management.
He's played under the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Harry Redknapp and Glenn Hoddle and will no doubt have picked up various attributes from the trio and put them to use towards his own skill set. From first-hand experience, I've seen Sherwood lead Spurs XI sides from behind the team dugouts which gives an insight into his coaching methods.
It's been a steady rise since joining the coaching staff in 2008, he was heavily linked with an internal promotion to the role of assistant manager and more recently director of football
He has a calm approach to his work rather than ranting from the touchline. It's safe to say he is a well respected figure not only with the backroom staff at Spurs, but the players he's helping bring through. One thing's for sure, Sherwood is moving in the right direction to becoming a number one but I can't see what the rush is to move to the next step so soon.
It's no coincidence that a fair few Spurs youngsters have appeared in and around the first team squad under Sherwood's guidance. Each managerial appointment is a gamble and it might well turn out to be a potential masterstroke by Venky's, which in turn gets them out of a hole but on the flip side can they really afford to appoint another man with next to no managerial experience and risk being forced out of Ewood Park should it go wrong?
I have a feeling it's the right club given the love affair between the two, but the wrong time for Sherwood to take the plunge into the managerial limelight.
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