Next Match: at home to Stoke, December 29
Europe: UEFA Europa League (Round of 32)
Tim Sherwood admits Daniel Levy has taken a gamble on him after he came away from his first match in charge of Tottenham with an underwhelming draw against West Brom. Eyebrows were raised on Monday when Sherwood was handed an 18-month contract as Spurs' new head coach, and it was clear from the Boxing Day display in the 1-1 draw against Albion that he still has much work to do. Sherwood was appointed caretaker following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas and, with his only previous managerial experience coming at youth level, he knows his appointment is a punt on Levy's part. "It's a gamble because I've never done it before," the 44-year-old said. "But there are a lot of good managers who had never done it before and become a success. I was never a professional footballer until I stepped on to the field."