Tim drowning not waving.
The JimmyG2 Column.
They say a drowning man will clutch at any straw and Tim's looked to be drowning not waving in his famous/ notorious Chelsea post match interview. He took aim directly at the players but there is bound to be some collateral damage: Levy; Enic; Baldini to name but three.
He was adrift in a rubber lifeboat with a slow puncture from the start to be honest but after this latest storm he has neither a paddle to steer clear of the rocks of disappointment nor a bucket to bail out the waters of disillusion..
Is it just me or have we reached a turning point, a moment of truth with the Chelsea shambles? Was it the performance? The result? or Timothy's outspoken and unguarded comments that make this particular setback seem more significant than some others?
Sherwood spoke like a man who realised that his number was up and that if he was going to go down then he was taking a few others with him. His sincerity and anguish were clear but this public forum was perhaps an ill advised platform to confront his team and by implication his masters.
I think it has sealed his fate. 4th was a pipe dream that ran out of Golden Virginia some weeks ago. But statistically Tim hasn't done badly. Levy may argue however that it is a crucial part of the manager's role to get his players in the right frame of mind for games.
Tim may have provided him with the excuse to terminate his contract at the end of the season, which was clearly the intention all along. Tim has highlighted the attitude of the players rather than the performance which was unorthodox but effective for the first hour.
Now I don't think managers should be sacked midway through their contracts let alone midway through the season. So Tim should never have been appointed. But now that he has he should be given next season when his contract ends, to complete the job he was appointed to do.
Otherwise we face another season of turmoil and change. Let the current manager and as many of the current squad that are not lured away by money or Champions' League and especially the seven new signings, none of whom started yesterday, attempt to finish the job..
I have no personal gripe with Sherwood unlike many other fans although the support for him seems to have strengthened. I want what's best for Spurs.I'm not fully convinced he knows what he's doing but it's not working out too badly. Yesterdays tactics clearly surprised and confused everyone including Jose Mourinho.
I don't suppose that either Lennon or Kyle Walker demanded to play out of their comfort zones but neither has the technique or awareness to play the roles they were allotted. However Tim was bold and his thinking well outside the box. Unfortunately so were our players for the most part.
But the manager cannot be held responsible for the individual incompetence of the various players concerned or for the mistakes of the officials. For almost an hour it worked while Chelsea watched warily and waited.
They could have been 2-0 up within 5 minutes and Lloris could have had a very early bath even before the water was more than lukewarm. But Hazard was honest and tried to score. After that Dawson and the rest of the team settled down and started to make a game of it.
Chelsea were rewarded for their patience by a colossal error by Vertonghen who dawdled on the ball, slipped and in trying to retrieve the situation made things worse with an aimless back pass seized on by Eto'o who put it through the legs of both Dawson and Lloris.
The game was salvagible at this point until the referee decided that Chelsea needed a hand and gave a penalty and a red card against Kaboul for an innocuous tackle on Eto'o. Then Dawson was injured and Sandro went to centre half and joined in the fun. He slipped and set up Ba
3-0 down and Chelsea had hardly created anything. Not to be outdone Walker, always game for a laugh attempted to head the ball back to Lloris from 25 yds. He had failed to notice Ba lurking by the goal who made it 4-0. Anybody on this forum fancy a game at centre half?
Hugo's reaction made him a prime candidate for captain even as he was on the phone to his agent with the words, 'I am a world class player get me out of here'. PSG beckons. Cue Sherwood spitting Cockerel feathers and laying into his squad for their lack of fight, attitude, backbone, concern and desire, The ABCD of the Dereliction of Duty.
Yet another debacle which may look different in a fortnight's time. Although with Benfica, Arsenal and Liverpool on the horizon it could look a whole lot worse. Levy, who wasn't there will not like the sound of things and it may force his hand. It just feels different this time.
If I were Tim, suffering as he is, I would resign before the weekend and pass the whole sorry lot back to Levy to sort out, unless he promises to pledge that Sherwood will see out his 18month contract. It's not entirely a mess of Tim's making after all..
Jim's Video Spot:
Here it is in all its video nastiness. Tim misses out on an Oscar nomination but it looks a genuine heartfelt performance which is what he says his players should be putting in. I decided against showing you the highlights of the Horror show. I'm still having nightmares myself.