Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood is looking to the example set by Brendan Rodgers’ resurgent Liverpool as he plots for the future despite not receiving long-term assurances about his position.
Under the guidance of Northern Irishman Rodgers, Liverpool have roared back into electrifying form this season and sit second in the Premier League table on 59 points from 28 matches.
With the Merseyside club now on course to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2009, Sherwood believes Spurs are in a similar position to when Rodgers took charge of Liverpool in June 2012.
“I think a good example is Brendan at Liverpool, seventh they finished last year,” Sherwood told reporters. “We’re looking at where he is now and it’s a great example — that team plays exactly how he wants them to play, but they had to take a step back, we are talking about Liverpool, a team who has won the Champions League... Liverpool lost a lot of games last year and everyone was pointing the fingers, [but] look at the rewards now. The season’s not finished, they have still got it all to do, but they’re in good knick.”
Sherwood has steadied the ship at White Hart Lane since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in December last year and, with Spurs fifth in the tables, he wants to be given time to develop his own style of play.
“I see myself as more of a manager who builds something over a period of time, but I recognize at the moment that’s not possible because I have been dealt a hand here and I have to try and win games,” said Sherwood, who has been on the coaching staff at Tottenham since he was appointed by former manager Harry Redknapp in 2008.
“It’s not 100 percent how I want to play but unfortunately I don’t have the time, the club don’t have the time and the fans don’t have the patience for all that project stuff — you need to win games,” he added. “At the moment it is a balancing act and hopefully I get that opportunity to be able to build something for the future after the season finishes.”
Sherwood, who has lost twice in the league since taking charge, feels he is doing a good job, but acknowledges that other managers would like to replace him.
“The club are going to keep their options open and decide what they want to do in the future,” he added. “If the club feel like they want to back me then it’s up to them, if they don’t then I’m just cracking on, I’m not going to be a different person for it. Everyone wants to take this job. I have got the job at the moment and it is up to me to try and keep it.”