Tottenham Hotspur confirmed via Twitter on Tuesday that the team has parted ways with coach Tim Sherwood. This comes just five weeks after The Independent reported he cheekily declared, “My record here is second to none. My win percentage is the best of any Tottenham manager. I’m the best manager this club’s ever seen!”
The Club can announce that Tim Sherwood has left his coaching position at the Club.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 13, 2014
So, what happened? Sherwood won 59.9 percent of his Premier League games, which was better than Tottenham’s previous manager Andre Villas-Boas’a (50 percent), but it seems it wasn’t good enough.
“We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy via the BBC.
Sherwood came on only in December 2013 and guided Tottenham to a sixth-place Premier League finish. However, he told the BBC earlier that he was confident he could have gotten the Spurs to a top-four finish had he been able to coach the whole season. Now, he won’t get next season.
“It is obviously a massive wrench to leave a club of the stature of Tottenham Hotspur, a club very close to my heart,” Sherwood told Sky Sports News.
Sherwood may not be unemployed for long, however. Sky Sports reports Sherwood is the “odds-on favorite” for the vacant manager’s job at Brighton.
As for who will lead Tottenham next season, the rumor mill is swirling with names, but two of the most popular are Mauricio Pochettino and Frank de Boer. (People are actually laying down cash to bet on these folks.)
Pochettino, the favorite, is currently the manager of Southampton and de Boer manages the Dutch club Ajax. Both have reportedly already been approached about the job.
Another fellow in the running is the current U.S. Men’s national team Coach Jurgen Klinsmann. However, the odds are not in his favor. They’re 33 to 1. Plus, not everyone is convinced he’d be a good match.
Jürgen Klinsmann did say at the time when we sacked Harry that he’d like to come back to Tottenham… Just a thought #THFC— Usopp’s Hidden Haki (@Faz_JrGonG) May 13, 2014