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Tim Sherwood
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Club as Player Tottenham Hotspurs

2015 02 28 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood on whether he should have had to prove himself before being handed the Aston Villa reins] Pep Guardiola didn’t have to go out and work in the lower leagues, did he? It helps when you have the best players in the world. Some experienced managers are very good and some are not very good. I think experience is overrated. If it was all about experience, Wayne Rooney wouldn’t have played for Everton at 16

2019 08 18 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood says Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is on another level compared to Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen] We talked about Eriksen before the game and how important he is to Tottenham, and we think he’s a world class player, if you’re talking of world class, he’s nowhere near the level of this kid. This kid Kevin De Bruyne is top, he could play anywhere in the world, he is the most valuable player at this moment in time for Manchester City. He pops up everywhere. He’s so important to this side, they won the league last season without him for a large portion, that is a huge plus. He keeps himself fit, I don’t see anyone stopping him, he is unbelievable

2019 09 05 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood is hoping to see Christian Eriksen talked into signing a new contract, with Daniel Levy having vowed to never, ever lose anyone on a free again] He’s a top, top player. He can play for the two giants in Spain, and he could play for any big club. Hopefully, for Tottenham’s sake, those big clubs are not going to be there for him at the end of the season. Then, I believe, it’s possible that he could sign a new contract at Tottenham and I really hope for Tottenham’s sake that he does. I remember when I was at Tottenham and Sol Campbell left, Daniel Levy vowed he would never, ever lose anyone on a free again

[Sherwood added on Christian Eriksen, with the 27-year-old urged to carefully weigh up his options] He’s run his contract down for a reason, it wouldn’t be a money-motivated reason. Christian Eriksen wants to leave the football club because he wants to go to a club where he thinks he can win trophies. I believe that’s a difficult task, to find a club better than Tottenham to win trophies

[Belgium international defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen will see their respective terms expire next summer, with it likely that both will head out of north London] Alderweireld looks like he’s going to move and at 30 years of age, it’s probably his last time, and Jan Vertonghen at 32, it’s probably the last time they’re ever going to fill the till up. It’s a short career. They need to do that. Perhaps China. Chinese clubs don’t take defenders very often but the last move of their career, they’re probably waiting for that big one just to come

2019 10 07 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood says Mauricio Pochettino may find himself under pressure at Tottenham but club chairman Daniel Levy will not take the decision to sack the Argentine in a million years] Daniel Levy is one of the most astute men in football; do you think he in his right mind will sack Mauricio Pochettino? He has got so much credit in the bank with that football club. There is no way he will sack Mauricio Pochettino - not in a million years.

Now if Mauricio decides he has had enough and he can take the club no further and he wants to move on to pastures new, then I still think he is mad to do that. I think he is the man for the job. I don’t want him to leave. I love the guy, I love the football club. Everything is great [at Tottenham]. Even last night we saw that first NFL game at the stadium and it was fantastic. Everything is going brilliantly for Tottenham but they have to get over this bump in the road. Every club has it. I still believe they will qualify for the Champions League knockout stages and I still believe it is great money for them to finish in the top four this season.

2019 11 05 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood says Arsenal made a mistake in signing David Luiz and should have opted to snare obvious choice Gary Cahill] Their problem was obvious to everybody. Not only the people who go to the Emirates, the people who watch Premier League football know that Arsenal cannot defend. It wasn’t a hard job to go and find better defenders than what they already had. An easy job, just go out and do it. Try and patch it up, find something. Gary Cahill, he was an obvious choice. We’re talking about someone who’s a Premier League winner, a leader-type character, and they end up going and getting David Luiz. Now, I agree, good value [for] David Luiz, but go and find someone better. They needed to do that, they haven’t done it, the recruitment’s terrible, and at the moment they’re getting results that they deserve

[Sherwood admitted he felt pre-season that the Gunners’ stars in attack would help carry the team through the season] I always felt at the beginning of the season, when I looked at Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Bukayo Saka who they brought in, they brought Nicolas Pepe in, that they might have enough firepower. But unfortunately you can’t score four goals to win every football match, especially when you defend like that

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood insists Tottenham’s players are to blame for a poor start to the 2019-20 campaign, not head coach Mauricio Pochettino] I don’t blame the manager, I blame the players. They have to look at themselves and have that bravery when things are not going well to get on the ball in dangerous areas and really take the game to the opposition. Because, at the moment, a few of them look like they’re hiding.

When you have a bad run of form you always look for excuses why, and everyone is pointing to the obvious one, which is the uncertainty amongst the squad. Three or four players are out of contract and others are coming quite close to running their contracts down next year. That’s not what Pochettino wants, he wants players who are going to be there for the long term. But, you still need to get the best out of what you’ve got

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood has singled out Dele Alli for praise after his superb performance for Tottenham against West Ham at the weekend] He’s got all the attributes to be a top player for Jose Mourinho. He [Mourinho] doesn’t want a No 10 who’s going to play with his back to goal. He wants someone who’s going to burst without the ball and occupy centre-backs so Harry Kane can come off in a little bit of space. He did it perfectly. Onwards and upwards for Dele

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood says Spurs fans won’t care if Jose Mourinho’s tenure ends in tears, as long as the club have some trophies to show for it] There has obviously been a philosophy shift, the owners have decided they need to win a trophy and who better to bring in than someone who wins all the time, at every single club he ever goes to? Jose Mourinho is not going in there to finish in the top four. Yes, they need to do that, but that is a minimum requirement for him. He is going in to win something. At Manchester United, it ended in tears. It always ends in tears with Jose, but so what? The fans will not care. If it ends in tears with the chairman and Jose Mourinho and they have got a few trophies in the bank, they do not care.

[Sherwood believes Pochettino should have made more of an effort to win the Carabao Cup] I think Mauricio has had a chance. The objectives for him, he ticked every year, finishing in the top four. For me, I would have gone all out, if I was Mauricio, to try and win a trophy even if it is the Carabao Cup. That man Jose Mourinho wants to win the Carabao Cup all the time because he knows it’s the easiest domestic trophy to win. They can’t win it this year, they’re out. They got knocked out by Colchester. The pressure would have just been off Mauricio a wee bit if he has just managed to get one trophy and put it in the cabinet. He never managed to do that

2019 11 26b Retrieve

[Mourinho was seen congratulating the ball boy after Kane’s equaliser with former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood also joking that a contract could now be awaiting him] Look at the ball boy, outstanding! The distribution - unbelievable. He will be signed in the morning that kid. That boy is probably from the academy…gets an opportunity and look at the pace of him to get that ball back. If I’m the Olympiacos coach, I’m strangling him after

2019 11 28 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood says Tottenham have 18 months to keep Harry Kane] Harry Kane needs to win something. So I think he’ll give it a period of time, certainly next season. The end of this season and next season and see if they can get closer to winning something. And if they don’t, then he will leave

All professional footballers are now going to be rich when they finish no matter who they are, even bad ones. They are all going to be millionaires, that is the way it is. But you want trophies, you want to say what you have won at the end of it

2020 01 09 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood says Spurs could break tradition for £80m Wilfried Zaha] Everyone would want Wilfried Zaha […] but for £80 million I’m not sure everyone would want Zaha. Certainly Daniel Levy wouldn’t at that price and at that age. He’s a good player, we all know that. It all depends what the philosophy is at the club now, whether they’re looking to bring their young players through or whether they’re looking to spend to win. It all depends on how they’ve shifted. I know how the club was when I was there and when [Mauricio] Pochettino was there, and I think in bringing Jose in there has been a shift there. We’ll perhaps see that now in the transfer market

2020 02 25 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood says Tottenham failed to show any attacking intent during their defeat at Chelsea] Tottenham were absolutely disgusting. They were so bad. The negative approach. Yes, they have injuries to Son and to Kane, Mourinho keeps reminding us of that. But they’ve got Bergwijn there who can run in behind, they’ve got Moura who has pace. If they’ve got anything they’ve got pace. They both got 15 goals last season which is not the end of the world. You have to find a different way. As a coach sometimes you can’t say ‘oh we don’t have a striker’ and throw the towel in. If you said to Jose beforehand: ‘Would you take a 0-0?’ he would have taken your arms off. It’s not about that, it’s a London derby! It’s for all of those fans, you need to show more of an attacking intent

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Former boss Tim Sherwood says Tottenham ace Harry Kane will make a decision on his future very soon] It’s like Alan Shearer. He finishes fourth with Blackburn (in 1992-93), then second (in 1993-94). Manchester United are all over him. But he decides to stay, because he believes we have the quality to win it, and we did the next season. Harry needs to assess this himself. I would wait to see what they do in the summer. They’ve got a manager who has not gone there to only finish inside the top four. Harry will know very soon if the club are willing to spend that money to give themselves that opportunity of winning the league.

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Tim Sherwood says Harry Kane could end up at Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich but is unlikely to leave Tottenham for Premier League rivals Manchester United] I can’t see Harry Kane leaving Tottenham and going to any other club in the Premier League. Not even Manchester United. That’s just my opinion. I think he’d go to Real Madrid or Barcelona or Bayern Munich - I can see him there, yes, if things don’t turn around at Tottenham. He wants to stay at Tottenham for the rest of his career, that’s for sure. But in the end he wants to win stuff.

I don’t think Harry Kane would be at Tottenham if I wasn’t there as manager. They were looking to offload Harry Kane, perhaps because he’d been out on a few loans. I viewed it as a development process, a games programme which was better than the one he was being offered in Under-21 football, I thought it was the best thing for him. And there were a lot of people around the club at the time maybe suggesting that he wasn’t going to be a player of Premier League quality. Character, mindset, mentality is huge. People talk to me about ability and I always believe if your ability is there but your mindset and your character is [more], then you’ve got a chance. If it’s the other way around, if your mind and mentality is there and your ability is [higher], you won’t make it. If you can marry the two up, I think that’s what Harry had to his advantage. Every single day coming to training and wanting to improve himself and I knew he had the capabilities. Physically he was growing, he was getting stronger, he was getting fitter, he was still a boy when I gave him the opportunity to play. So he came in at the right time.

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Spurs could still sneak back into the Champions League if Manchester City’s two-season ban from the competition is held up, but United are currently sitting in the coveted fifth spot] The form going into the break counts for nothing. It’s a fresh season. They’ve had a mini pre-season there. They’ve got nine games to finish in their objective, which is in the Champions League. [Paul] Pogba is back as well and that will be a massive plus; Pogba, [Bruno] Fernandes and [Scott] McTominay in that midfield is quite formidable in my opinion.

If I’m Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and I’m looking at the teams below me, Tottenham are the major threat. I would say, ‘lets go all out to win this football game’. If you do you put Tottenham to bed, I don’t think they catch Manchester United if they do not beat Manchester United in the first game.

I think they’ve got as good a chance as any down there. Obviously they were relying on games later on in the run in at home but it’s going to make no difference now. Really, if you are looking at the example of the Bundesliga, the home form counts for very little without the fans being there. I hope they stay up; they are a big club and I want to see them in the Premier League, but there are a lot of other teams fighting for their lives down there as well. They are so reliant [on Jack Grealish]. I don’t know any team, for a very long time, who are so reliant on one player. Jack Grealish is Aston Villa at the moment. If he can turn it on, give him the ball in the last few minutes of the game, take it to the heart of the defenders, causes havoc. He could be the reason [they stay up]. If they stay up then I’m certain Jack Grealish is the reason