Tim Sherwood
Tim Sherwood

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is believed to be the strong favourite to replace Harry Redknapp at QPR and could even be in charge for Saturday’s game against Southampton, according to one report.
Rangers accepted Harry Redknapp’s resignation, which came at 5.30am the morning after Monday’s transfer deadline, and have now begun the process of identifying his replacement.
It will not be a lengthy exercise, according to some reports.
The Times, via chief football correspondent Oliver Kay, say Sherwood “is the QPR board’s preferred candidate to take over from Redknapp.”
Sherwood’s brief time at Tottenham – which spanned 28 games from December 2013 to May 2014 – was notable for the former midfielder accumulating the highest win percentage of any Spurs manager in the Premier League era.
Sporting a gilet and offering Spurs fans the chance to sit in the dugout, Sherwood was a constant source of humour but also laid down a marker for a full managerial career having previously been the club’s technical co-ordinator.
The Daily Star joins The Times in being very confident about Sherwood’s appointment, claiming the out-of-work boss, who was interviewed for the Nottingham Forest post, “could even be installed in time for Saturday’s home clash with Southampton.”
If Sherwood does land the QPR job then he will be reunited with Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey, who worked with him at White Hart Lane but are currently QPR’s head of football operations and youth academy coach.
With The Telegraph saying he is the “overwhelming favourite” to land the job, Sherwood’s hopes have been boosted further with the news that Glenn Hoddle – a critic of Sherwood’s in the past and a potential rival for the Spurs job when it became available – has departed QOR along with Redknapp where he had been working as a coach.
QPR are currently in 19th place having lost every single away game so far this season.
Sherwood was a figure of no little fun during his time in charge of Spurs. Saluting Emmanuel Adebayor on the sidelines and hurling his gilet to the ground in frustration were just two of his finest moments, while his press conferences – at times both self-deprecating and self-aggrandising – have gone down into Premier League legend.
But the nub of the matter is this: his record at Tottenham stands up to scrutiny and, in terms of win percentage, was even better than Redknapp’s, who led Spurs into the Champions League. Sherwood deserves a chance at a club like QPR – and even if relegation is confirmed, they should stick with him for a couple of years to see his true managerial mettle.