To paraphrase Brittany Spears, Oops Daniel Levy has done it again as he fired Tim Sherwood on Tuesday, the ninth manager he has fired since taking over at White Hart Lane in February 2001.
Sherwood took over from Andre Villas-Boas in December but in letting Sherwood go, Levy explained
“We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option.”
Sherwood had a winning percentage of 59%, which is the best of any Tottenham boss in Premier League history, and sixth place was enough to get the club into next season’s Europa League.But he has been a temporary manager since day one as Levy has eyed someone with a better CV and Tottenham had to deny claims from Ajax that they contacted them over the availability of Frank De De Boer.
After reinvesting the £80m received from the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last summer, this was supposed to be the season that Spurs turned into a legitmate top four contender. But AVB was sacrificed early in the season and under Sherwood, Spurs never looked like a top four side, getting thumped by all the big clubs.
So who replaces Sherwood? Mauricio Pochettino, of Southampton, and Ajax head coach Frank De Boer are understood to be the front-runners, but don’t rule of Napoli boss Rafa Benitez and former Man United boss David Moyes