Spurs boss Tim Sherwood rests stars for Europa League game with Norwich City clash in mind

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood returns to his old club Norwich City this weekend. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood returns to his old club Norwich City this weekend. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:30 AM

Tottenham Hotspur are preparing for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Norwich City in extreme conditions far from the warm welcome they will receive in Norfolk this weekend.

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Spurs are in Ukraine, where political unrest sees the eastern European country in the midst of distressing riots and fighting.

The north London side, managed by former Canaries midfielder Tim Sherwood, are set to play their Europa League round-of-32 first leg against Dnipro tonight.

That is despite plans for a day of mourning in Ukraine following the political unrest in Kiev, UEFA has announced.

Dnipro are based in the city of Dnipropetrosk, 220 miles south-east of Kiev, where scenes of death and bloodshed continue to be beamed around the world from, as police clash with anti-government protestors.

It is a nervy situation for Sherwood’s in-form side to deal with before heading for the much calmer surroundings of Norfolk this weekend.

Sherwood, who played 88 times for the Canaries between 1989 and 1992, has left a whole host of first-team regulars at home for the clash with a mind on Sunday’s Carrow Road clash.

The likes of in-form striker Emmanuel Adebayor, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and England full-back Kyle Walker are among those who will not feature.

But Sherwood insists it is niggling injuries, rather than any slight at either the Europa League or their opponents, that has led to such a measure.

“We respect the tournament, we have come this far and we want to continue and progress in the competition,” Sherwood said, as he attempts to build on successive Premier League victories, against Everton and Newcastle.

“The players we have left at home are the players who are injured and would not be fit to play in the team. We hope they will be fit for Sunday (against Norwich).

“We will probably have a minimum of eight internationals in the team, six of which you will probably see at the World Cup.

“It is the only cup competition we are left in and we have enough players in our squad to compete in both competitions and that is what we intend to do.”

With the game in Dnipro taking place against the backdrop of unrest in Kiev, Sherwood does not want to let the events affect his players and their goals.

“We are just concentrating on playing football and getting the game out of the way,” he added.

“It is never great to see scenes of violence in any country at any time. It is not something we concentrate on.”

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33 comments

  • Tim should tell his team to go easy on Sunday or he might witness scenes of unrest in the Norfolk capital

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I think Sherwood`s running scared. He fears we`ll put out a team with Elmander up front on his own and Snods playing everywhere else, except in goal. Awesome.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Agree TK. For example looking at the up coming games im looking for weak spots, especially at full back. Spurs are relatively sound at full back although the centre backs certainly lack a bit of pace in general. Villa away however I want to see Redmond turning there full backs inside out. Bennett & Pilks have always had success there in the past and hopefully Redmond will prove an even bigger thorn in there side when we visit villa park in a few weeks.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Would love to see Sherwood as our new manager with Neil Adams on the coaching staff. CH needs to try Redmond up front behind Hooper. His speed and pace would cause havoc in their defence and give Hooper more space.

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Most of my stuff was very complimentary of you, Gek. How can that be " inaccurate"?

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • A "gilet", Gek, is a sleeveless garment often worn over outdoor clothing to protect the torso from the cold. It is a French word and originally referred to a waistcoat (or "wesscut" to give it it's more aristocratic pronunciation). The modern gilet is invariably padded and, in bottle-green or pea green format, is favoured by the equine fraternity. Nowadays it's not uncommon to see the garment worn by drug dealers to compliment their gold jewellery and black BMWs. But then you knew all that anyway, so I don't know why I'm telling you. The tonsorial stuff was just wishful thinking on your part. Anyway, back to topic, I agree with B Inners. But what Tim lacks in sartorial elegance, he makes up for in shrewd management and motivation skills which bodes well for a partnership with Neil Adams when his contract runs out but doesn't bode too well for Sunday afternoon. That's it. (You can stop moving your lips now).

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Hi Brew, Yeah I've seen several reports of Spurs after this or that manager in the summer. If my memory serves me correct I think Sherwood only wanted the job on a temporary basis. I'm not sure why? Maybe he didn't want the pressure of full time management or preferred to stay a fans favourite? I'm just hoping he likes management now and we can grab him. I do think he'd be a better fit as manager than Malky. Possibly Sherwood with Adams and Mark Robins as assistants?

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Oz C, I too have stated before on this site that Redmond might work better in the hole as his pace would frighten most central defenders. Lets just hope Sunday will not be another case of an Old Boy coming back to put one over on us. OTBC

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Well, Oz Canary, if Spurs do regard Sherwood as an "interim manager", as some folk suspect, maybe he would be a good fit for Norwich. He`s no shrinking violet, that`s for sure. I believe he only has an 18 month contract, ie to the end of 2014\5. So if Spurs do not extend it soon, he could be available? Food for thought. B Inners, what`s a "gillet"?? Sounds like a hybrid of Millet and Gullet. Or did you mean "Mullet"? I wonder if Tim lives in Barnet? We need BP2`s tutelage on topics tonsorial ;-) I hope Spurs don`t come and `do` us 7-1. Could be a little bit of history repeating....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • You did better than I, BW. Three different attempts to thank B Inners and amuse you with some ventriloquial jests brutally embargoed by Archie. The clue is in today`s In Box. Too much `inaccurate` stuff. ;-) Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Some interesting points on Redmond, Matt, but perhaps a little misplaced since we're talking Sherwood. Your thoughts were so "prolific" that Brewer is still reading them......I can see his lips moving. Your dissertation might fit better on the board after the piece devoted to Redmond yesterday. But still, always good to hear from you, Matt, (see other post in fulsome praise) Please begin your reply with the words "ha ha". I love it. Assuming of course that your work commitments today allow you the opportunity to reply. Ha ha!

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • At least you got your Sherwood comments printed. Mine went straight into Archie's waste paper basket, probably because I spent too much time explaining to Brewer what a "gilet" is and the sort of people who wear them. Even more "off message" than your Redmond stuff.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Gottle of Geer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • So much so Steely that Never Mind The Danger fanzine cancelled their sponsorship of his boots. And in mid-season, to boot. (Lord knows now, think it was negative reapartee with the Lower Barclay)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Apologies chap, was deep in convo regarding Redmond and where he should play against Mr Sherwoods boys further down. Didnt get a chance to reply promptly so it seemed a bit out of place.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • My stance on Redmond has always been the same. He needs to play in his favoured placing of right wing. Obviously that proves hard with Snodgrass around. Love or hate him, Snodgrass has always played right wing for us and previously at Leeds. He clearly doesn't feel comfy on the left so its left to Redmond to try fit in there rather than genuinely challenging for where he feels most comfy & danagerous. Its tricky I see the pro'scon's to playing him in the hole etc...like TK says. I compare it to the Walcott problem AFC fans moan about alot. Some want him upfront, some want him on the wing. Like Walcott, if I was in charge he would always be starting right wing. No harm switching it up now and then during the game but from a starting POV it be right wing for me. If there is one thing Full backs struggle with its pace running at them. Before I was forced into giving up management with the birth of my son I had a similar player to Mr Redmond at my disposal. Many other managers for who the player was known to within the region we played would look on in amazement before each game that I was started the lad right wing rather than up top or in the hole as they'd known him for. The player in question though while openly not being the most technically gifted (above average though!) was honestly one of the quickest players ive ever coached. Playing right wing he could often single handedly win us games leaving many a full back on there backside. Redmond has a lot to learn but hes only going to improve playing in his strongest position regularly like he did at Brum and for the England u21s. No doubt he will move on to bigger or greater things once he developes. Fingers crossed were still in the PL to enjoy his talent a while yet.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • The headline is daft. If you read the quote Sherwood is saying he is taking a strong side to the Ukraine, 8 internationals etc. and only leaving behind players who are not fit to play.

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    Simple

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • My worst memory of Tim was that infamous 7-1 defeat at Blackburn many years ago. He had a stormer along with Shearer but we sang till the end. Unforgettable day. How many of us witnessed that AND the other 7-1?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Dont fret, Brew. Your outpourings today manage to combine the measured reproval of an enlightened headmaster with the encyclopedic knowledge of a seasoned search engine and the playful wordsmithery of Fwank Muir. You're on fire, Gek. (But go easy on Matt, he's a good boy).

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Does really matter who Spurs put out? The question is are we goingg to turn up?

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Apologies for my incorrect spelling. I did mean gilet.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • City's best efforts are to be broadcast nationwide on Sky on Sunday, I hope they manage to put on a decent performance instead of the embarrassments we've had to suffer this season.

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    VictorM

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Can`t even do an uninterrupted `frowny`. Attempts at dialogue with Oz also scuppered. All the ventriloquism japes will have to await another day. BW, you may be a sort of Smarta**e, but you are a quality Smarta**e! A pleasure to be put at odds with you by the backward schoolboys in Ruin Towers Remove.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Or is `gillet` another term for `pógón`?? Blimey, TK, again we`ve simultaneously posted similar comments, this time about an Old Boy coming back etc. Spooky.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Chris Hughton will be resting all attacking formations and tactics with relegation in mind.

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    DT

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Ta, B Inners. I wasn`t taking the Michael, I wondered whether it was a bit of vernacular with which I was unfamiliar. All is now clear - and I`ve learned a new word; `gilet`. A sleeveless jacket. I used to wear those padded waistcoats at work `cos they kept my ribs warm and protected my back from my knife-wielding boss. This boss bemoaned my wearing what he called a `flak jacket`. Every day`s a schoolday. ;-) Oz, I read that Sherwood did not want to be a No.2 at Spurs, so he made that clear. So, if his contract is only until end of next season, and Mr. Levy wants another European genius to build on the `success` of AVB, TS may be on the phone to Norwich`s leading estate agent? Barking Wijs, my lips rarely move. I`m far too busy working Matt`s mechanism and drinking a Gottle of Geer, whilst enunciating "Guffy`s Gest Gitter". No, that is not Dutch ;-) Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • As a player Sherwood was very unpopular down at Carrow Road.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Brew, Sherwood was my kind of midfield player in his day & I was sorry when he left, perhaps we could entice him back as manager but I suspect he will always favour the Smoke. Matt, I agree that in certain games Redmond should start on the right wing but as an ex-manager you will know that tactics are down to the strength of the opposition. I think with Tettey now back to fitness, we should go with a 4,3,1,2 formation against Spurs. I would put Redmond in the hole with the instruction to alternate his attacking runs, right left and centre. I would then play Fer, Johnson & Tettey as a holding midfield three with instructions to also support the attack down the opposite flanks to Redmonds attack. Perhaps this is also the game to start Becchio up front with Hooper but I fear we will go 4,5,1 as usual, against better teams.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Hi TK, Yeah I've mentioned Redmond playing up front myself a few times. I really do think we have enough wingers and he'd offer something different up front which we're missing. Neither Hooper or RVW have that extra yard of pace. I think he'd be our answer to creating more chances and open up space for Hooper or for Fer playing in behind him. He has the good close quarter ball control and skills of say Wes but with plenty of added pace. Defenders would need to double up, this would allow space for balls to be slotted through to Hooper. He would also open up space for our wingers and Fer playing in behind him. This allows Fer a chance of a shot and Hooper the chance to follow up for a rebound. I really do think he could turn into say a player like Sturridge, didn't he start off on the wing? 4-4-1-1, Hooper and Redmond up front with Fer and Tettey in Midfield. Pilks and Snods on the wings. Last 20 mins I would even give Josh and Redmond a go up front together with their pace. Redmond and Olsson to take the freekicks and corners. Is Garrido able to play at rightback?

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Wijs, they still block my attempts, however scrupulous I try to be in avoiding hidden `rude words`. How dare these clowns call my stuff `inaccurate`?? At least it`s free and in half-decent English. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Not entirely sure how true this article is, not that I am one to judge. Sherwood said this morning that he would prefer to win the Europa League than finish in the top 4. Wouldn't seem that way if he is resting players for the Europa tonight and they lose etc.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • No, no, Blaffen Wijs! Not at all. What I intended to convey was that my replies to you and B. Inners were serially vetoed. The alleged `inaccuracy` was about my comments - a result of daring to question Divot`s journalistic credentials. Now they`ve `got my mind right`, I will state, unequivocally, that Divot is the besterest hack in the whole world. Better now? He turns into a Divot when he`s hungry. (Snickers all round, then a muffled titter ran through the house, Missus. Oooh, errrh).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Nasty looking gillet Tim. Looks like something out of Blake's 7.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

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