Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sherwood's Position Is Clear but Levy's Role Is a Mystery

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sherwood's Position Is Clear but Levy's Role Is a Mystery

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Byline: Patrick Barclay on Monday

TIM SHERWOOD supervised a Tottenham victory in the Premier League yesterday and, if he can do that frequently over the next 17 months, he will become eligible for the prize awarded to most of the club's most successful managers of recent times -- the sack.

This has been the fate of more experienced and qualified men than Sherwood (for all this enthusiastic and charismatic character may have to offer). Martin Jol, Harry Redknapp and, last week, Andre Villas--Boas have all been thanked for their services by Daniel Levy, a chairman whom Red- knapp's son Jamie has mischievously suggested craves to be the manager himself.

The very idea! Actually it's not a bad idea, or wouldn't be if the Queen were Victoria, for the first manager to do the Double -- Billy Sudell -- was also chairman of Preston North End. But times have changed and even Levy's detractors, whose ranks seem to swell daily, must concede that his ambition is less to get his initials on a tracksuit than his feet into a Champions League boardroom.

What Levy actually does these days is hard to work out, for the suspicion that he likes to make a contribution to one aspect of the manager's role -- the buying and selling of players -- is some- what contradicted by the employment of yet another so--called director of football, Franco Baldini.

There is a theory that, while manag- ers come and go, the director of foot- ball should represent stability. But, at Levy's Spurs, even the directors of football come and go. So Baldini, who conducted the spending spree that was supposed to compensate Villas--Boas for the loss of Gareth Bale, may or may not figure in the next regime.

Sherwood wants to be manager and says he'd rather go back to his former duties as "technical co--ordinator'' (a very important job, to do with the development of young players, which a sensibly--run club would include in the director of football's responsibili- ties) than keep the first--team seat warm for someone else -- and Spurs fans may find his straight talking a breath of fresh air amid the fug that surrounds White Hart Lane. …

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