Tottenham hands Tim Sherwood the managerial reigns for West Ham match

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Former Tottenham midfielder Tim Sherwood has been handed the managerial reigns for Spurs’ Capital One Cup match against West Ham United on Wednesday night.

Sherwood, who was already a member of the coaching staff, has taken on the interim role after Spurs sacked Andre Villas-Boas on Monday.

Spurs released the following statement on Tuesday: “The club can announce that Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand will take charge of the first team whilst the club progresses discussions. Steffen Freund and Tony Parks continue as part of the coaching staff.

“Jose Mario Rocha, Luis Martins and Daniel Sousa leave the coaching staff and we wish them well for the future.”

Sherwood had been under consideration for the role of technical director last summer but chairman Daniel Levy instead chose Roma’s Franco Baldini. Attributing Sherwood’s skillset more to coaching, Levy appointed Sherwood as technical coordinator to oversee the under-21 development squad and youth set-up.

His impressive work on the junior side prompted Levy to select Sherwood as interim manager. And, despite a number of high profile names being flown as potential replacements for Villas-Boas including Fabio Capello, Glenn Hoddle and Mauricio Pochettino, the club could extend Sherwood’s tenure if he achieves the results.

So is Sherwood deserving of the appointment?

All indications are ‘yes’. Sherwood has a burgeoning reputation around the club and by instituting someone who has built goodwill from the inside, this could help take some of the edge off the players.

The appointment of Sherwood also allows Levy time to find a suitable replacement. At 7th in the league and still alive in the League Cup and Europa League, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for Levy to feel panicked to sign a big name in the hope of immediately turning things around. For now, that’s not the case.

Hiring Sherwood also makes financial sense because Spurs will have to pay Villas-Boas £5 million in compensation due to his contract expiring in 2015.

Harry Redknapp, who Sherwood coached under at Tottenham, is confident the 44-year-old should be the leading man on a full-time basis.

“Tim should get the job permanently and work alongside Les Ferdinand,” Redknapp told The Sun. “Together they are old-school Spurs and would do a tremendous job.

“I brought them both back to the club because they understand the place. They are great coaches and don’t forget, Tim was captain at Blackburn when they won the league in 1995.”

In addition to playing for Tottenham and Blackburn, Sherwood’s 18-year playing career saw him enjoy stints at Watford, Norwich City, Portsmouth and Coventry City. The Spurs interim job will be his first head coaching position.

Pique: Copa-losing Barca still “really hurting” from UCL exit

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Barcelona was the favorite to win La Liga, the UEFA Champions League, and the Copa del Rey for the majority of the season, but only claimed one.

Liverpool’s amazing comeback to beat Barca in the second leg of the UCL semifinals met Saturday’s loss to Valencia in the Copa del Rey Final to give Barca a league title alone.

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Even with that La Liga advantage being decisive — Barca carried the table by 11 points over Atletico Madrid and finished 19 ahead of Real Madrid — there’s a very dour mood and promised change for the Camp Nou set.

And Gerard Pique says it all traces back to the loss against Liverpool. From The Liverpool Echo:

“I believe that if we had gotten through at Liverpool, we would have won the treble. We would have come here [to the Copa del Rey final] with a different mood, and I’m convinced we would have won the Champions League final, but that is football. We are really, really hurting.”

There are hints of a massive clear-out at Barcelona, with Lionel Messi and Pique two of the only safe bets to stay. When will Barca get over it?

Brazilian team tangles in locker room futmesa (video)

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It was defense versus attack in the Brazil dressing room.

Neymar and Gabriel Jesus squared off with international teammates Filipe Luis and Ederson in a game of futmesa/table soccer this week.

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Neymar and Filipe Luis are used to be on different sides of the field from their time in La Liga, while Jesus and Ederson are teammates at Manchester City.

Brazil is hosting this summer’s Copa America and is the favorite to win its first tournament since 2007, when it claimed its fourth in five tries.

It’s really impressive stuff for us normal to subpar athletes, even if standard for those with such deft talent.

Quite a winner from Man City’s young striker.

Jovic could see himself in Premier League, Serie A

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Maybe Luka Jovic’s presumed move to Real Madrid won’t happen this summer.

Or at all.

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The Eintracht Frankfurt striker has been tipped for a move away from the Bundesliga after another strong campaign, and taking the center forward reins from Karim Benzema at Real Madrid.

Several outlets reported the deal as done, but Jovic isn’t speaking that way (or at least the Serbian is throwing us off the scent.

From Goal.com:

“In terms of the physique, the Bundesliga is very demanding, but after the games against Chelsea or Inter Milan, I personally had the feeling that I could feel even better [playing] in the Premier League or Serie A. … The way the teams play there suits me better.”

Jovic scored 27 times in 48 appearances for Frankfurt, adding seven assists at the tender age of 21. Ten of those came in the Europa League, and we’re not talking about flooding the nets of minnows; Jovic scored against Chelsea (twice), Marseille (three), Lazio (two), and Inter Milan (once).

Report: Chelsea, Real $38M apart on Hazard

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How much for Hazard?

Real Madrid are willing to pay $127 million, no small fee, to bring Eden Hazard from Chelsea, but that’s well off the Blues’ evaluation according to Sky Sports.

Chelsea sees Hazard’s price as $165 million. Belgian writer Kristof Terreur told Sky that Hazard wants his future sorted by June 4.

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The Blues’ superstar is entering the final year of his contract, and could begin negotiating with other clubs in January and leave on a free transfer.

Hazard turns 29 in January. He recorded 19 goals and 16 assists in 51 matches this season, his best output in a Blues uniform.

The report says Chelsea feels no pressure to sell Hazard, but it would be a surprise if it dug in its heels too deeply considering the state of the Belgian’s contract.

Even for Chelsea, letting over $100 million walk out the door is wild, and for all Hazard’s won with Chelsea there’s also been consternation under several managers and a more than occasional habit of disappointing on the table.