By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tim Sherwood has revealed that he wanted “somebody like” Mauricio Pochettino to replace him when he left Tottenham.
Sherwood’s six-month rein as Spurs manager ended in May 2014 when his 18-month contract was abruptly ended and Pochettino was recruited from Tottenham to replace him.
Despite the circumstances of his departure, the former Tottenham midfielder is a big admirer of Pochettino and also has considerable respect for chairman Daniel Levy, the man who sacked him as manager.
Asked if Harry Kane should look to leave Spurs at the end of the season, Sherwood made it clear that the young goal machine is not only at the right club but so are his high-flying team-mates.
“Why would he want to leave Tottenham?” Sherwood told The Express about Kane. “Why would anybody? It is the club to be at.
“They have got the best training ground in the league and they are building a new stadium for a group of great young players, the nucleus of which are English. Daniel Levy [the chairman] has got it right on and off the field and they are playing with a great identity. They are young and moving forward.
“What I love about [manager] Mauricio Pochettino is that he does not pick players on reputation or price tags. It is based on what people are doing in training. If anybody had to take over that job when I left, I wanted it to be somebody like him.”
Spurs are second in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s clash against Manchester United at White Hart Lane and retain hopes of ending their 55-year title wait.
Leicester have a seven-point advantage over Pochettino’s team and could extend that to 10 points if they win at Sunderland in the first of Sunday’s kick-offs.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has revealed the latest on his future at the club.