Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood says he would “never want to be a No. 2” and suggested that should Louis van Gaal replace him in the White Hart Lane hotseat, a return to his role as technical director would be more appealing.
Sherwood took over from Andre Villas-Boas in December but after overseeing an initial upturn in fortunes, Spurs have struggled for consistency and on Saturday were beaten 4-0 by London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
It has been mooted that, despite being handed an 18-month contract, Sherwood is only in fact a stop-gap until chairman Daniel Levy can appoint a more experienced boss.
Netherlands coach Van Gaal has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs after leading the Oranje at this summer’s World Cup and the speculation does not appear to have passed Sherwood by.
Should he be replaced, though, the former Blackburn Rovers and England midfielder has no plans to continue as assistant to Van Gaal, or anyone else.
“The silence is deafening isn’t it,” Sherwood told reporters after the Chelsea defeat. “It’s up to Daniel. It’s up to the club to make that decision. One thing I guarantee people is that no one cares more than me. I want the team to do very well and it hurts me when they don’t. I’m afraid I need people in that dressing room to be hurting like I am.
“I never want to be a No. 2. I’d be no good as a No. 2. I’m too opinionated. I wouldn’t want to do the job, but I do think there is a place for a technical director.
“I’m someone who sees the club from the bottom to the top on the training field. There’s a definite place for that. A lot of clubs need people like that otherwise you get no continuity and you just end up buying seven or ten players every window and your turnover of players is too great.”
The 4-0 defeat to Chelsea put a huge dent in Tottenham’s hopes of securing a top four finish this season, with Sherwood’s post-match attack on his players capturing plenty of headlines in the hours since. And the Spurs boss maintained his stance in a later news conference.
“We lack something don’t we? Capitulations are happening too often to say that we are rock solid and blessed with so many characters,” Sherwood said. “In adversity when things go against us, that’s when we are going missing. In my opinion you have either got it in you or you haven’t. More and more we need to stand up and be counted and sooner rather than later.”