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Spurs Balls: Redknapp’s Pal Blames Funny Foreigner AVB For Chelsea Thrashing Sherwood’s Mirthless Men

by | 10th, March 2014

MARTIN Samuel has written a monocular article about Spurs in the Daily Mail. Tottenham haave just lost 4-0 to Chelsea. Spurs losing to Chelsea is no big shocker. Games between the clubs are akin to watching the best bits from classic TV sit-coms.

Spurs are managed by Tim Sherwood. He’s English. To Samuel that is crucial:

Having lost 4-0 to Chelsea, the young manager appeared emotional. He told his employers to wake up from their dreams of Champions League football, claimed his team lacked character and talked about individuals in the group that he could not trust. It is fair to assume he is feeling the pressure.

You might think Sherwood’s management skills and ability to handle the media in the face of abject defeat are lacking. But Samuel sees something else:

Yet that strain is not greatly created by Chelsea, or any opponent. The load on Sherwood comes from within. He has a short-term contract and Louis van Gaal as good as applying for his job at every press conference. His chairman, Daniel Levy, is known to favour the exotic and this creates a climate of expectation.

That would be Levy, who before hiring and sacking Andre Villas-Boas, whom Sherwood replaced, put his faith in that exotic creature Harry Redknapp? Coincidentally, Samuel was the ghost writer of Harry Redknapp’s autobiography.

Levy became chairman of Tottenham in February 2001. This is the list of full-time and caretaker manager’s he’s appointed since:

2001  Glenn Hoddle (England)
2003  David Pleat (England)
2004  Jacques Santini (France)
2004  Martin Jol (Holland)
2007  Clive Allen (England)
2007  Juande Ramos (Spain)
2008  Harry Redknapp (England)
2012  André Villas-Boas (Portugal)
2013  Tim Sherwood (England)

Not exactly the most exotic line-up of countries, is it? If you’re tuning in from Peru, it might  be. But a Mail writer from London shouldn’t be so easily impressed by places reachable on a ferry and, in Redknapp’s case, via the M3.

‘Until you get a foreign manager of this club, nobody is happy,’ Sherwood said last week. And he is right, of course.

Oh, I dunno. What about Alex Ferguson making a return at Spurs? Or the afresaid Hoddle?

The names of well-qualified rivals will be trotted out now: Joachim Low, Jurgen Klopp, Lucien Favre (the Swiss chap at Borussia Monchengladbach who is the latest flavour of the month, the candidate only the real aficionados know). Sherwood hears the refrain, constantly. Foreign is best, foreign is better, foreign knows more, foreign is shrewder, more savvy, more tactically adept. Yet that ignores one salient fact. Foreign got Tottenham into this mess.

Eh? Levy was born in

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