West Brom are in talks to bring former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood to replace Alan Irvine as manager, according to reports.
Sherwood has been in and out of the limelight since his expected departure from White Hart Lane at the end of last season, but the Baggies look set to give him his first permanent contract.
The former Blackburn skipper brings lots of positives to the table. He is young, enthusiastic, and has won trophies as a player.
Yet, his all-too-brief encounter with the Tottenham hot seat also means he has his fair share of baggage.
The 45-year-old received mixed reviews. He was slammed by his own supporters for sitting in the stands during a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, claiming nothing he said would influence the game.
At the same time, the resounding feeling upon his sacking was that he was never given a fair chance at Spurs. Inheriting an overpriced and under-performing side from predecessor Andre Villas-Boas, he was only given until the end of the season to achieve Spurs’ typically ambitious aims of Champions League football.
Sherwood’s mouth got him into trouble on several occasions, as well as his questionable love of the gilet, and of course his tendency to be an Arsenal fan.
West Brom will hope he has matured during his time away. For any young manager, Spurs’ notoriously ruthless chairman Daniel Levy is far from the ideal first boss, but Sherwood will have learnt some tough lessons early on his fledging career.
Undoubtedly, he can also benefit from a lesser weight of expectation. Though he did not handle the pressure well at Spurs – and that pressure will be just as great as he fights to keep the Baggies up while they sit one point above the relegation zone – his new potential employers will presumably be happy with coming seventeenth.
Should he be available, Tony Pulis may be a better option. Alan Irvine lacked experience at the highest level; his appointment was something of an experiment, and it is fair to say it did not pay off particularly well.
Sherwood is a similarly monumental risk, but if he can keep them up, it is one that will be worth watching in years to come.
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