Tim Sherwood lasted just five months as manager of Tottenham Hotspur – and if he’d known it was a short-time gig, he wouldn’t have said yes at all.
Being Spurs’ coach is a tough job these days. André Villas-Boas left the club after a season and a half, with Spurs in 7th. Tim Sherwood picked them up into sixth and put Tottenham into the Europa League, but that just wasn’t good enough for the chairman. Sherwood was sacked a day and a half after the Premier League season ended – presumably to give Spurs enough time to woo Mauricio Pochettino away from Southampton.
During his short time as Tottenham manager, Sherwood made it clear he’d say just about anything on his mind. That’ll be missed by many that enjoy a fresh voice in front of the microphone. But before he fades away, Sherwood made sure to speak his mind once more. He told Sky Sports:
I love the development phase of football and if I knew it was a five-month job stepping up I wouldn’t have done it. As a manager your head’s going to be on the block and it might be a short tenure, and in the end it proved that. I didn’t anticipate it would be as short as it actually was. I thought that if I had 18 months there I would definitely take the club forward.
But that doesn’t mean Sherwood’s ready to end his managerial career altogether. He just might be back, providing us a few more soundbites to break up the monotony:
I would consider any jobs that are out there. I would like to have an honest conversation with the owners or the chairman of any club that might be of interest and see what the expectations are of that club.
The U.S. Men’s National Team won’t have a busy schedule throughout the summer, but Dave Sarachan and his side will get a tiny taste of the World Cup in September.
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ESPN FC is reporting that the USMNT will likely face Brazil and Mexico — both of whom will travel to Russia in June — later this year, as the U.S. Soccer Federation is in the process of finalizing both friendlies.
The matches are set to be played during the September international window, which runs from Sept. 3 through Sept. 11.
Both fixtures will reportedly be played in the United States, although venues haven’t been determined yet.
The U.S. has already begun booking a slate of difficult matches to round out 2018, with England and Italy already confirmed opponents for the Yanks in November.
The Yanks are 1-17-0 all-time against Brazil in all competitions, while the U.S. hasn’t faced Mexico since its 1-1 draw at the Estadio Azteca in June 2017 during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
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Two key midfielders earned new deals on Thursday, as two of the Eastern Conference’s recent successes helped solidify for their attacks for the next few years.
The Columbus Crew extended Designated Player attacker Federico Higuain through the 2019 MLS season.
Higuain has been with the Crew since 2012, when the Argentine joined the club from Colon de Santa Fe in his native country.
Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls extended Daniel Royer’s contract, as the Austrian winger in the midst of his third season with Jesse Marsch’s group.
Thus far, Royer has tallied 17 goals in all competitions for the Red Bulls, including 15 during the 2017 campaign, where the former Midtjylland player finished second on the team in goals behind Bradley Wright-Phillips.
A game of back-and-forth at the Emirates Stadium set up an enticing second leg in the UEFA Europa League semifinals, while a Ligue 1 side positioned itself well to move into the final.
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Arsenal and Atletico Madrid settled for a 1-1 draw in London, as Antoine Griezmann’s late strike leveled the match for the Spanish side.
The Gunners looked on their way to a victory when Alexandre Lacazette‘s goal just beyond the hour mark put Arsene Wenger‘s men in front.
The result sets up a strong showdown for the two giants in a week’s time, although Arsenal will feel it left something on the table after racking up 26 shots (seven on target) on the day, particularly after Sime Vrsaljko was sent off after 10 minutes for the visitors when he picked up a second yellow card.
Meanwhile, Florian Thauvin and Clinton Njie gave Marseille a 2-0 win over Red Bull Leipzig, giving the French side the edge it sought out ahead of the competition finale.
The two clubs will meet again at Red Bull Arena Salzburg for the second leg.
Arsenal 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Marseille 2-0 Red Bull Salzburg