Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood is set to be appointed as the new manager of West Bromwich Albion according to reports. Sherwood, who was sacked by Tottenham at the end of the season, has impressed the West Brom board during the interview process.
He may not be named manager as of yet. The 45-year-old, who has been allowed to bring Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey with him, is holding out for better deals for the pair after agreeing a deal in principle on his own contract. The move to bring Ferdinand and Ramsey as part of his coaching staff has raised some doubts about the future of Keith Downing. However, it is expected he will be named as Sherwood’s assistant at the club.
The Baggies are expected to announce a new manager shortly but other alternatives are still being explored. According to BBC Sport, Sherwood is on a shortlist of six for the vacant position at the Hawthorns.
Sherwood would be a good appointment for West Brom; the former midfielder showed positive signs while he was at Tottenham such as helping Adebayor find his form and making Christian Eriksen an important player for Tottenham. He proved his worth by bringing through young players. Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane became pivotal to Tottenham in the final part of the season as they regularly featured in the starting eleven.
This experience should be important when it comes to West Brom, and the Baggies have a number of young players such as Saido Berahino and George Thorne, who both could be essential to the side if they get the necessary game time.
Furthermore, the fact that he is an English coach is a big factor. The West Brom players struggled to communicate with Pepe Mel, as the Spaniard lacked the English skills to really make an impact as a coach and he failed to keep the players onside during his reign.
West Brom will provide a platform for Sherwood to invent himself as a coach. In some ways he was criticized too heavily during his time as Tottenham manager. The failure to finish in the top four and to beat a top four side was criticized perhaps too much. Considering he was working with a squad that was like a bunch of spare bits when he took charge, it says a lot that he managed to steer them to sixth in the league.
At times he may have been tactically naïve, but he certainly has the ability to do well at West Brom. He’s still a relatively new manager and he will have time to develop his coaching methods. If West Brom turn back to the side that are willing to give their managers a chance, it will be the perfect setting for him to become a good boss.