tim sherwood - fact file

1999 - 2003            midfielder
2009 - 2013            coach
2013 - 2014            manager

FULL NAME :  Timothy Sherwood

Born on 6th February 1969 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

Height : - 1.83m (6' 0")

Weight : -  72 kgs

 

Former captain of Blackburn Rovers, signed for Tottenham for £4 million by George Graham in February 1999. The combative midfielder won a Premier League Championship medal with the Lancashire side during his seven years at Ewood Park. He is noted for his tough tackling and good, accurate distribution of the ball, as well as being able to join the attack and get goals. 

Started his career with his local side, Watford before moving on to Norwich City after only 32 first team appearances. Established a reputation there when the side was in the top flight, but was tempted away by Kenny Dalglish to be part of the Blackburn revival, which ended with him lifting the Premiership trophy in 1995. Won his first England caps after his move to White Hart Lane and was unlucky not to win something in his first season when Spurs lost to Newcastle in the FA Cup semi.  Sherwood added another option in midfield for George Graham and his Premiership experience was a useful addition to the squad, especially with a UEFA Cup campaign due in 1999-2000.

A driving force in midfield and with an ability to keep the ball moving through the midfield, the 1999-2000 season's campaign for him ended early with abdominal surgery for an injury he had been carrying for a long time.  Fell out of contention for a place in England's Euro 2000 squad and has did not return to his best form in 2000-2001, as his passing has been less than his usual best and he appears to have slowed visibly.  Took the captain's armband, but this gave him a licence to point and it was only in the last two games that he displayed some leadership.

Pre-season 2001-2002 saw the newspapers link the midfielder with moves to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Watford, Blackburn and Southampton.  The purchase of Poyet was seen as a straight replacement for him, but he was still at Spurs and came in as the holding midfielder when Freund picked up a cruciate injury at Chelsea in the first leg of the Worthington Cup semi-final. Scored in the return game, but didn't shine in the final and for the remainder of the season seemed to be going backwards.

At the start of the 2002-03 season, his criticism of Hoddle and the board in a Sunday newspaper seemed to have signalled the end of his time at White Hart Lane, but buyers were concerned about his wage demands.

After criticising Glenn Hoddle in a newspaper article prior to season 2002-03, he was effectively shut out of first team action, along with injuries that prevented him playing for the reserves.  It was no surprise that he moved on to Portsmouth in the January 2003 transfer window, helping them gain promotion to the Premiership.

Had a short spell with Coventry City in 2004 before retiring from the game that end of the season and has been acting as an agent, working in conjunction with Jamie Redknapp on a lifestyle magazine for footballers and also is a pundit on Setanta Sports.

Returned to the club under Harry Redknapp's management as an ad hoc coach and in April 2010, he was appointed to the newly created Technical Co-ordinator, which involved managing and co-ordinating development across all the squads at the club and being responsible for loans, technical coaching and physical improvement.  His progress in this post was rumoured to make him a future candidate for becoming a Spurs manager, as he became highly regarded among the Spurs board members.

His work with the NextGen team and the Development squad had obviously not gone un-noticed by Chairman Daniel Levy, as it was Sherwood who was invited to step up into the Head Coach's position on an 18 month contract, when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked.  Despite having a win ratio of 59%, Sherwood was removed from his post two days after the end of the season, as Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League, which was probably the target for keeping his job.

The availability of other jobs were not a problem, but Sherwood's insistence on bringing his coaching team of Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey with him ruled him out of some of them and the fact there was competition for others saw Tim step away (i.e. The Crystal Palace post where he said it looked like a two horse race and ended up like the Grand National).

 

NICKNAME :  Gump

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Watford (trainee) May 1985 - - - -
Watford February 1987 - 12th September 1987  v Sheffield Wednesday 32 2
Norwich City July 1989     71 10
Blackburn Rovers February 1992     246 25
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR February 1999 £3,000,000 6th February 1999  v Coventry City (H)  0-0 103 + 15 as sub 16
Portsmouth 29th January 2003 £- - 30 1
Coventry City 9th July 2004 - - 11 0

Career Record
Watford
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Norwich City
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Blackburn Rovers
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Portsmouth

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Coventry City
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals

Honours
England international
3 full caps;  0 goals
Debut :  1999 v Hungary (away) (friendly)
4 Under-21 caps; 0 goals
1 England B cap; 0 goals
Premier League Championship winners medal 1994-1995 (Blackburn Rovers)
League Cup runners-up medal  2001-2002  (THFC)

Milestones
500th club career appearance -  14th October 2000 v Coventry City (Premier League) (away)
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2000

What is your feeling among the players regarding the negative reaction from some of the crowd at times during the last two home games ?

"I think they have got off on the wrong footing because of what happened to David Ginola at the start of the season, but they've got to look to the future and not worry about the past. Our fans all seem to get caught up in this "playing the Tottenham Way" thing, but what's more important, playing nice football or winning trophies?  All through my playing career I've tried to win games and if the football is attractive along the way then that is a bonus.  At the end of the day we want to win games."

 

 

What they said about Tim Sherwood
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... as an option for the Newcastle United job should Alan Pardew get the sack ...  20.09.2014 (Matthew Haymer of sackpardew.com BBC Football website)

"He (Pardew) comes out with the same excuses and if we stick with him, we are going to end up back in the Championship. Let's get him out and get Tony Pulis or David Moyes in. Even Tim Sherwood could do a better job than Pardew."
 

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What Tim Sherwood said about ...
... his job as temporary Spurs manager ...  27.03.2014 (The Independent)

"It's like fixing a washing machine with someone else’s tool bag – sometimes you may not have the right bit there."

... being temporary manager of Spurs ...  02.03.2014 (Daily Mail)

"I know I am under pressure, but I have to be honest, it's not all about experience.  I have seen a lot of crap experienced managers."

"There will always be speculation.  Until you get a foreign manager of this club, nobody is happy.  That is not the view of the club.  That is the perception from outside."

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