The statement from the club on Tim Sherwood's depature:
Chairman, Daniel Levy, commented,
“We appointed Tim mid-season as someone who knew both the players and the Club.
“We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option.
“Since appointing Tim as Assistant First Team Coach in 2008 and then as Technical Co-ordinator in 2010 and Head of Football Development in 2012, we have been supportive of him during football management changes throughout that period. On behalf of the Club, I should like to state our thanks for all his efforts during his years with us. We wish him great success in his managerial career.
“Moving forward, now the season is over, we shall embark on the process of finding a new Head Coach. We have a talented squad and exciting young players coming through. We need to build on this season, develop our potential and inspire the kind of performances that we associate with our great Club."
Something pointed out to me that I missed first time round, taken from the above PR approved press statement from the club. Note this passage of copy:
“Since appointing Tim as Assistant First Team Coach in 2008 and then as Technical Co-ordinator in 2010 and Head of Football Development in 2012, we have been supportive of him during football management changes throughout that period..."
The part in particular is 'we have been supportive of him during football management changes throughout that period'. Perhaps a carefully placed dig suggesting that Sherwood's constant bemoaning of Daniel Levy and the board was misplaced considering how the club protected him during previous managerial tenures where perhaps his job was under scrutiny by others. In some ways this might have been the decisive (clumsy) moment when Tottenham shot themselves in the foot, not allowing the manager (or director of football) at the time to make changes and instead retaining the services of Sherwood - thus undermining the 'hater' that wanted change and Tim gone.
Probably reading too much into it. Blame @bankruptspurs on Twitter for highlighting this.