Win percentage? Tottenham’s sacking of Tim Sherwood will be based on realities rather than numbers

“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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6 Comments on "Win percentage? Tottenham’s sacking of Tim Sherwood will be based on realities rather than numbers"

  1. I might add to the paragraph about the Chelsea defeat, we matched Chelsea in the first half, Sherwood’s tactics to play 2 fullbacks on either side was effective, we stifled Chelsea, for which Sherwood deserves credit.

  2. To be honest with you I found this article biased.

    Near the beginning = “Since *slithering* into the manager’s office”.

    Then going onto say “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”. He has been in charge for 21 games, so “three impressive results” 1/7 impressive results, which is decent. There is no need to write “just”.

    Further on you have said “humiliations against every side in the current top-four.”. This article is written in the context of Tim Sherwood so that statement is misleading the readers into thinking Sherwood was at fault for the humiliation of those losses.

    2-0/1-0 losses against Arsenal (is not humiliating).

    Slip at the back against Chelsea followed by an invalid sending off, followed by capitulation (a mistake from Vertonghen is Vertonghen’s fault, an invalid sending off is the referee’s fault, and the capitulation/lack of drive/effort is something which was becoming a habit under AVB).

    Man City Rose sent off at 1-0 down, arguably not a sending off (Recklessness from Rose is Rose’s fault, an incorrect sending off is the referee’s fault, and the decision to play Rose in the first place is the manager’s fault provided there were other reasonable alternatives, I can’t remember if there were).

    Liverpool Vertonghen was injured, Dawson came on and had a mare (Vertonghen being injured is no ones fault, Dawson having a mare is Dawson’s fault, and the decision to play Dawson if there were reasonable alternatives was Sherwood’s fault).

    The article reads as if you have written the article with a preconceived bias against Sherwood. You haven’t mentioned the whole truth about Sherwood. You have only given the negatives plus some, and not the positives.

  3. Exactly right - Tim can spout the percentages all he wants, but anyone who has followed the club closely since he took over knows that they’re just a smokescreen and that we’re in a bad way at the moment. Levy needs to act fast and get rid, then bring in a manager who can quickly gain the respect of the players and begin improving the squad early. If we get a point today, our season re-starts on 31st July…so ideally we want a manager not involved in the WC. Pochettino wouldn’t be bad but I’d edge De Boer - hopefully he brings Veltman and Blind with him ASAP, and also grabs the left back from Wolfsburg…

  4. cunado - I don’t understand how someone connected to the internet can get their facts so wrong?

    Great article, and really hits home some hard truths. The general shambolic atmosphere around Tim Sherwood’s reign is the yard stick he will be measured with.

  5. I think you’ll find he was. Crap comment, rubbish research, terrible trolling, bad grammar.

  6. crap research, Sherwood wasn’t manager when Spurs beat Man U

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