Sacking Andre Villas-Boas and replacing him with Tim Sherwood has looked like a good move for Tottenham Hotspur so far.
Sherwood has decided to keep it simple and he has brought players such as Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor back into the starting line-up.
Spurs beat Southampton 3-2 on Sherwood’s debut as manager, which was followed by a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion and a 3-0 win against Stoke City.
Sherwood has implemented the stereotypically English 4-4-2 formation but with the players at his disposal, his team could play a fluid, more possession-based game than your stereotypical English team.
When Villas-Boas was manager, he said that some the players Franco Baldini brought to the club weren’t players that he was interested in signing.
In England, usually the manager finds players to fit into his starting 11. The scenario is different in Italy because the sporting director searches for players and the coach might have some say in who is bought.
Villas-Boas has a set style of playing. He has used the 4-2-3-1 at Spurs and in the past he used the standard 4-3-3 formation. The Portuguese coach is also known for also encouraging his defence to play high up the park.
Sometimes it’s good for coaches to have their own style of coaching and management but it can backfire if the coach is stuck in his own style. For the style to work, you need full support from your club staff and players.
Spurs have been known for playing more like a continental European side since the days of Arthur Rowe and then Bill Nicholson. Sherwood would be wise to emulate them and although he has been in charge for just three EPL matches, he is getting the best out what he has got around him.
Former Blackburn Rovers owner Mike Walker once asked Kenny Dalglish, “Why do you need Zinedine Zidane when you have Tim Sherwood?”
If they haven’t already, it wouldn’t surprise me if the directors at Spurs eventually ask themselves, “Who needs Andre Villas-Boas when you have Tim Sherwood?”