Iwan Roberts: Godfather Tim Sherwood deserves a crack at Spurs, as sacking season gets into full swing
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Not only is it the festive season, but it's also the sacking season in the Premier League with another two managers biting the dust this week.
I have to admit I've never been a fan of AVB and wasn't surprised Spurs had seen enough of him after their humiliating defeat at home by Liverpool last Sunday. I thought he was very lucky to have been given the chance at White Hart Lane in the first place after his failings at Chelsea.
He lost one of the best players in the world in Gareth Bale this summer, but he was given all of the transfer money and more by chairman Daniel Levy to strengthen the squad and finish in the top four.
He signed a number of young and talented attacking players, and hopes were high before the start of the season for the new stars. However, the likes of Lamela and Eriksen have hardly played, even in the face of a dreadful goals for record. They've scored only seven goals in eight league games at home and that simply is not good enough.
He spent a good amount on Paulinho and Capoue but failed to strengthen substantially enough in defence, left back being a real issue. They conceded three at home to West Ham, six at The Etihad and of course the five against Liverpool. Only Fulham and Sunderland have conceded more home goals than Spurs. They have only scored 15 goals in their 16 league games which is unacceptable for a side with ambitions of a top four finish.
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I'd like to wish former Canary and good friend Tim Sherwood all the luck in the world as interim boss at Tottenham. I grew up with Tim at Watford and he's a proper football man. He's godfather to my twin daughters Eva and Chase and I'd love him to be given the chance to take charge full time.
There are good British coaches and managers out there so let's give them a chance. We don't always have to go down the foreign route because they give excellent power point presentation and can charm the birds off the trees when they talk to owners of football clubs.
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Steve Clarke was very unfortunate to lose his job after WBA's defeat against Cardiff City last week. Mind you, had Cardiff lost I would have feared the worst for Malky because, as we've seen again this week, it seems that their Malaysian owner will try anything to get Malky to walk away.
Clarke is a top class coach and it was his first sticky patch at The Hawthorns. I know WBA have lost their last four games but having led them to eighth last season, with an average squad, I think he deserved more time.
Festive games will be crucial for Norwich City
The next four games could have a great bearing on the rest of Norwich City's season with some very winnable games coming up over the Christmas and New Year period.
It starts tomorrow afternoon with the long trip to bottom of the table Sunderland. The Black Cats have won only two of their 16 league games, and although those wins have come at The Stadium of Light they have lost six of their eight home games and conceded more at home than any other club. The opportunity presents the lads with an excellent chance to extend their unbeaten run to three games.
After Sunderland the lads face two home games. The first is against Fulham on Boxing Day in a game that I can only see Norwich winning. I've seen Fulham twice this season and they've been shocking on both occasions. Although they've changed managers I can't see them picking anything up at Carrow Road.
Then on December 28 David Moyes brings his inconsistent Manchester Untied to town. Moyes has found it hard since taking over from the great Sir Alex Freguson. They've already lost five games and look to be out of the title race already, 10 points adrift of leaders Arsenal.
I'm sure there will be a tremendous atmosphere in both these games at Carrow Road, and hopefully the lads can pick up valuable points before travelling to Selhurst Park on New Year's Day. The two sides only played each other a couple of weeks ago in a very close game which Norwich won 1-0.
It's never easy going to Crystal Palace and they've had a couple of decent wins since Norwich beat them. Nonetheless, if the lads go down there and match Palace's work ethic and battling qualities then they can come away with a point at the very least.
That's four big games in 12 days. If the lads can take nine points from the 12 available it will be a very happy Christmas and New Year for everyone.
A fair point but how did Bassong get out-muscled by Dyer?
So to last week's game. First and foremost I thought it was an entertaining game, with both teams going all out to win.
Swansea had more of the possession, they average the highest percentage of possession per game in the league, but there was no doubt that Norwich created the far better chances.
Mind you I thought the goal the Canaries conceded was a shocker. How on earth Nathan Dyer beat Sebastien Bassong in a physical battle to eventually lift the ball over a stranded John Ruddy I'll never know. Bassong hasn't been quite at his best in recent weeks and he certainly didn't cover himself in glory with Swansea's goal.
Gary Hooper once again displayed that he can score all types of goals, whether they're a six-yard tap-in or a 25-yard volley like the terrific strike that brought Norwich level. It was a fantastic goal, and not just for Gary's rocket of a shot.
The ball up to Elmander was excellent, and the Swedish striker's chest-down to the oncoming Hooper was perfect. Gary's two touches were sublime, his first to tee the ball up and the second to volley a goal of the season contender past Vorm.
In all honesty I don't think either side did enough to win the game, but the Swans probably would have been happier with the point they took back to South Wales.