Tiger Tim thinks that replacing him with a ‘big name boss’ this summer would only be a short-term fix at White Hart Lane.
Under-pressure Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood has warned chairman Daniel Levy against replacing him with a ‘big name’ manager.
Sherwood was handed an 18-month contract when he was confirmed as Andre Villas-Boas’ ‘permanent’ replacement in December.
His official reign got off to a flying start, with wins over Stoke City and Manchester United in his first three games. However, Tottenham’s season has since stagnated following exits from both the FA Cup and the Europa League, as well as five defeats in the Premier League, including thrashings at the hands of Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Although he still has one year remaining on his current deal at White Hart Lane, it is widely expected that Sherwood will be disposed of in the summer.
Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, Ajax’s Frank de Boer, recently-dismissed Manchester United manager David Moyes and FC Basel’s Murat Yakin have all been linked with Sherwood’s job.
However, Sherwood, who says that football has gone crazy, believes that replacing him with one of the aforementioned names could prove to be nothing but a short-term fix.
“It’s important for the club, and for any club, to know what they want and not to just get anyone as they are the biggest name who can appease the fans for 10 minutes,” Sky Sports quotes Sherwood as saying.
“Those guys still get the sack wherever they go, so it’s about getting the right man for the right job and the right fit. The game has gone crazy.
“I’m watching a game the other day and you are getting people criticising Pep Guardiola. What is the world coming to?”
Pochettino is currently the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Sherwood, but Southampton executive director Les Reed claims that the Argentine is planning for the future with the Saints.
The Daily Express quotes Reed as saying: “We talk every day. We are talking about everything to do with the future – planning, pre-season planning, the transfer strategy.
“No player will be brought into this club or leave without Mauricio and I discussing it and his agreement. We talk about that on a daily basis. We are planning for the future and for the long-term future.
“We would like to focus on the remaining games of this season and Mauricio has repeatedly said that and therefore we will pick up the details of any contract talks in the summer when the season is over.
“The second point I’d like to make, and I would like to re-emphasise that we’re happy with that; both myself and Mauricio are happy with that so we can focus on the detail of pre-season, transfer-market planning and so on.
“We’re both comfortable with the situation.”
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