Tim Sherwood deserves to be given the Tottenham job on a long-term basis, according to his player Younes Kaboul.
The manager has made an impressive start to life as a manager, winning seven of his 10 Premier League games in charge of the club, a run which Kaboul believes makes Sherwood deserving of a shot at the job beyond this season.
"He deserves it. He knows the club very well, he’s been here for a long time and he knows exactly what he’s doing," he told the London Evening Standard.
"He learned a lot in the past and the best fact is that he played football at a high level. He won the title with Blackburn in 1995, so he has plenty of experience. His playing career is important, because he knows what it’s like for us."
Sherwood actually joined the club in 2008, when Harry Redknapp appointed him as one of Spurs' coaches. Working in that role, the 45-year-old gained the experience he needed and has hit the ground running, something which doesn't surprise Kaboul: "He knows the game perfectly," he said.
"I remember that when Harry Redknapp was manager (from 2008-2012), Tim and [coaches] Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey would come to nearly every game. Wherever we were playing, it didn’t matter; they would be there. They would talk to us about how to deal better with certain situations on the pitch.
"Even then, I could see Tim becoming a manager. He just had to be patient and wait for his chance.”
It's the Spurs player who has had to be patient this season, however. The Frenchman made his first Premier League start for over a year last night , helping his side to a comfortable 4-0 win at St James' Park.
The centre-half played the full game but it was Spurs' attacking display which stole the show. Emmanuel Adebayor scored his 8th goal in 10 under the new coach, with Paulinho and Nacer Chadli scoring the others.
It keeps the north London club in the hunt for the top four, three points behind Liverpool. And if Sherwood is to get the shot Kaboul feels he deserves, those Champions League places may well be where they need to finish.
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