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Sherwood faces toughest test so far

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

In from the cold: Emmanuel Adebayor has returned to the Spurs side under Tim Sherwood

In from the cold: Emmanuel Adebayor has returned to the Spurs side under Tim Sherwood



NEW Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood faces his toughest assignment so far when Spurs visit Manchester United tomorrow evening (5.30pm).

Tottenham travel to Old Trafford to face a Red Devils side that has found its feet after a difficult start to the season under David Moyes.

The former Everton manager came under fire after United lost five of their opening 16 Premier League games in his first season in charge after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.

Moyes’ fellow Scot had been in charge at United for 26 years, claiming the last of his 13 Premier League titles last season.

But they finished top of their Champions League group after a 1-0 home win over Shakhtar Donetsk and followed that up with five straight league victories to put themselves right back in the Premier League title frame.

Spurs have also revived their fortunes under Sherwood, who agreed a deal to remain in the White Hart Lane hot seat until the end of the 2014/15 season following the 3-2 Premier League win at Southampton.

They were especially impressive in taking apart Stoke City 3-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Former England midfielder Sherwood stepped up from his post as technical co-ordinator at the club to replace Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked the day after the 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

And he showed that he was not afraid to make changes, bringing striker Emmanuel Adebayor back from the cold – with the Togo international promptly scoring three goals in his first two games.

While the 44-year-old admitted that his appointment was a gamble, he said he was confident Spurs could continue to improve under his tenure.

Speaking to the BBC after the 1-1 Boxing Day draw with West Brom, Sherwood said: “It’s a gamble because I’ve never done it before.

“But there are a lot of good managers who had never done it before and become a success.

“I was never a professional player until I stepped on the field.”

He continued: “I think we will improve. It has been difficult because it has been hectic and the number of the games means we have not been able to give too much instruction to the boys in training.

“It’s a new voice and we are asking them to play in a slightly different manner. Hopefully, they are going to get better and better at it.”

Following tomorrow evening’s match, Spurs travel to The Emirates on Saturday (5.15pm) when they face north London rivals Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup.


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