Frank de Boer and Michael Laudrup in the frame for Tottenham manager’s job
Spurs caretaker manager Tim Sherwood admits that he has no idea whether he’ll be in charge for Tottenham’s Sunday match at Southampton following the team’s exit from the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
December 19th, 2013
After Emmanuel Adebayor gave Spurs the lead, goals from Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga saw West Ham claim a 2-1 victory, with Sherwood revealing that he had no idea whether he would be selecting the team for the Premier League encounter at St Mary’s.
The latest betting suggests that Frank de Boer and Michael Laudrup could be in line for an interview with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, while Glenn Hoddle, Fabio Capello and Murat Yakin have also been backed in the last few days.
“The players are professional enough to get on with it and I’ve just tried to steady the ship,” Sherwood said. “There’s obviously upheaval when your manager leaves … you’ve been used to him and his voice. It’s a new voice now. It would be good to get it resolved for the football club’s sake and the players’.
“He (Levy) asked me to take the first-team training, which I did, and here we are now,” Sherwood said. “The future beyond that … I need to have a chat with the chairman and see what they’re thinking. I don’t know, to be honest. The immediate future is up in the air, that’s as much as I know. Do I know about Southampton? No.
“It’s been different. It’s madness, really. I’m not used to sleeping two hours at night. I’m waking up thinking about footballers. I said the other day, I slept like a baby – I woke up crying four times in the middle of the night.
“I’m up for a challenge, I always have been. I’m very opinionated. I know a certain way that I need to play. I think I can manage men, deal with them, be honest with them. The decision that’s going on is out of my hands unfortunately. I’ve got to be in the frame but it’s not my decision.”
Sherwood opted for a 4-4-2 formation against the Hammers, with Adebayor and Jermain Defoe in attack for the home side, although admits that his team ran out of steam in the final twenty minutes.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will be encouraged that his team’s next opponents are in turmoil ahead of Sunday’s match although the Argentine could yet be contacted by the powers-that-be at White Hart Lane, with odds as short as 12/1 that he replaces Andre Villas-Boas.