White Hart Lane favourite Glenn Hoddle revealed he was keen to rejoin Tottenham for a second stint as manager, but the former England coach has been overlooked with inexperienced Tim Sherwood being handed the reins instead.
Sherwood has been given the chance to prove his worth after initially taking on the role on an interim basis, but bizarrely, his deal will expire at the end of the 2014/2015 season.
A man of Hoddle’s experience would perhaps have been unlikely to accept just a one and a half year deal, and without sounding too cynical about chairman Daniel Levy’s record since his arrival in 2001, it means Sherwood will not receive the same hefty payout from the club as his predecessors should things come to a sticky end.
Andre Villas-Boas proved stubborn in spite of his relative youth, whereas Sherwood’s inexperience goes hand in hand with a keenness to please the North London club’s elites; he has already submitted to the tactics that Levy asked AVB for in the same meeting where he consequently sacked the Portuguese coach.
Hoddle too, has been a public champion of Spurs’ adopting a 4-4-2 approach, with Adebayor back in from the cold, but Hoddle has his own way of running a football team; Sherwood is yet to discover his, and will be far more susceptible to the wishes of Levy, whom former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp joked would like to manage the team himself.
Having spent the last five years as a development coach at Spurs, Sherwood is in an ideal position to continue the long-term vision started by Villas-Boas, and therefore potentially salvaging flop signings such as youngster Erik Lamela.
Sherwood gave fans a glimpse of his plans by handing Nabil Bentaleb his debut in the 3-2 victory over Southampton at St. Mary’s.
Another factor that must not be overlooked is that for all his grace on the pitch, Hoddle’s first spell as manager of Tottenham was little short of a disaster.
Levy dispensed with Hoddle’s services in 2003 when he was a mere novice at sacking managers, and since then, he has mainly been confined to running the Glenn Hoddle Academy, apart from a brief stint with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Sherwood may be seen as a risk, but Hoddle’s reputation has never really recovered after he parted company with England on bad terms after his controversial remarks about the disabled.
Hoddle has impressed as a TV pundit, but despite Sherwood’s inexperience, appointing him would have been a risk too far for a club in dire need of stability.
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