Tim Sherwood’s short time as Tottenham manager hit a new low as the North London side were comprehensively outclassed by Benfica last night, as the Portuguese giants eased to a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 clash.
After an initial flurry of victories, Spurs and Sherwood’s season has imploded after recent defeats to Chelsea, Norwich City and now Benfica.
It now means any hopes of Champions League football next season look remote, with close to perfection required at the business end of the campaign to earn a return to European football's top competition.
It has been a turbulent campaign thus far at the Lane, with the purchases made by Andre Villas-Boas and Franco Baldini struggling to gel on the pitch and consequently failing to fill the void left by Gareth Bale’s departure to Real Madrid last summer.
Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli have been amongst the most disappointing components in a £100m spending spree.
Daniel Levy’s decision to trust Sherwood, a Premier League winner with Blackburn in 1995, with the role of manager now looks like the wrong one.
His free-flowing football has won plaudits but has left them vigorously exposed against the superpowers of the division, as Spurs look to prove their worth under a coach with new ideas.
Emmanuel Adebayor has thrived under his stewardship, but the Togo forward still cuts a forlorn figure at times in the final third.
Speculation has been rife that Levy is set to wield the axe again, despite handing Sherwood an eighteen month contract just last December.
Dutch duo Louis Van Gaal and Frank de Boer have been touted as potential successors, whilst former England manager Fabio Capello is another man in the running, widely expected to leave the lucrative post of Russia manager after the World Cup in Brazil.
A season that once showed so much promise is now in ruins, but Spurs fans will now have one eye on the future, a future their manager may not be included in.
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