“But look at my win percentage…”
If you haven’t watched Tottenham play this season, maybe you could be excused for looking at their win/lose ratio under Tim Sherwood and concluding that he doesn’t deserve to be removed as manager.
Data - especially when it’s collected over a short period of time - can be used to back up all kinds of arguments, and that’s the beauty of contextless numbers: they don’t provide any description and they present a two-dimensional reality.
Since slithering into the manager’s office at White Hart Lane, Sherwood has overseen just three impressive results: the win away at Manchester United, the victory over Everton at White Hart Lane, and the away win at Stoke City. Beyond that, there’s been nothing notable about Tottenham in 2014. Yes, the two victories over Southampton looked good on paper, but they were marginal wins against an opposition who quite obviously hit the physical wall quite a long time ago.
Flesh out this win percentage, and all that really exists are a collection of home wins against bad sides (Fulham/Cardiff), awful away performances (Norwich/West Ham/West Brom), and humiliations against every side in the current top-four.
That can’t be whitewashed by a win percentage, and Levy - for all his failings - is smart enough to recognise that the side has arguably got worse under Sherwood and looks less competitive against the division’s best teams than they have done in years. Spurs are in chaos: there’s no sense of continuity to anything they do, there’s no hint of future progression, and even after six months there’s a mutinous feel within the squad - those are the real barometers of a manager’s performance.
Tim Sherwood has been exactly what he was logically expected to be: a sound-byte merchant whose control of his squad is surface-deep and who has nothing like the requisite level of experience to be managing at this level of the game.
“He hasn’t done a lot wrong…”
He’s done plenty wrong and he will rightfully pay for it with his job.
Swing that axe, Daniel, it will be the only round of applause you get all season.
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