Andre Villas Boas’ time at White Hart Lane was littered with feuds and fights that the former manager did not need to get into. He was embroiled in a player welfare battle when he encouraged goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to stay on the field after taking a brutal knee to the head from Romelu Lukaku.
That was just after he had accused Spurs fans of acting like a magnet towards their own goal with the negative atmosphere they create and then in his last throw of the dice, he got caught up in a war of words with none other than Alan Sugar. His lack of guile when it came to dealing with the media went a long way towards his downfall at “The Lane”.
Tim Sherwood has been a breath of fresh air since taking over and his candid and honest interviewing style has endeared him to many would be critics in the media. What he lacks in tactical know-how, he makes up for with his passion for Tottenham Hotspurs and genuine smiles at press conferences and on the touchline. His time at Tottenham has been a success considering the carnage left behind by Villas Boas (or whoever was in charge of the summer transfer window). He has rejuvenated Emmanuel Adebayor and inserted some of the summer singings into the team while promoting Nabil Bentaleb from the youth ranks all the while keeping Spurs in decent shape in the league and playing the attacking football that the fans cried out for during AVB’s spell.
The very nature of his 18 month contract came as a surprise considering the revolving door nature of Spurs’ head coaching position of late. Spurs latest defeat at the hands of struggling Norwich has made Sherwood’s position very fragile and in light of Louis van Gaal’s recent comments linking himself with the job, it would appear Sherwood’s time in charge will end in the summer.
Netherlands manager, Louis van Gaal, had made it clear that his next career move would see him managing in England. He has managed in Holland, Spain, Germany and will guide his native Netherlands to Rio this summer in an attempt to put years of World Cup hurt behind them and win with the underachieving Dutch national team.
As abrasive as Villas Boas was, that was merely childsplay for Van Gaal who left Barcelona with the famous quote to the press, “Friends of the press. I am leaving. Congratulations”. Few would argue that the Dutch have an arrogant nature when it comes to football, it is actually something they pride themselves on. It started with the likes of Johan Cruyff and has continued on with Louis van Gaal et al. Quotes like: “I am who I am: confident, arrogant, dominant, honest, hard-working and innovative.” and “Louis van Gaal has nothing more to learn” will do nothing for Spurs fans who were last successful under the working man’s Harry Redknapp.
While it may do some of the players in the squad the world of good with an ambitious manager to look up to like the experienced van Gaal, the feeling is that it will all turn very sour before silverware can be attained and while Sherwood probably lacks the tactical side of upper end management, the board at White Hart Lane should look away from Louis van Gaal when they are trying to replace him during the summer.