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'Anything is possible'

Posted on 22 November 2008  - 12:00

As one of the latest recruits to our new-look coaching staff, Tim Sherwood has this week been helping to plot the downfall of Blackburn Rovers, but whatever the outcome of the match, his place in Rovers' hall of fame will never be in doubt.

'Anything is possible'

As one of the latest recruits to our new-look coaching staff, Tim Sherwood has this week been helping to plot the downfall of Blackburn Rovers, but whatever the outcome of the match, his place in Rovers' hall of fame will never be in doubt.

Tim spent seven years at Ewood Park after joining from Norwich City in February, 1992, which coincided with one of the most successful periods in the club's great history. After initially struggling to force his way into the side, Tim's determination and ability soon saw him break through and before long, manager Kenny Dalglish saw leadership qualities in him and made him captain.

Rovers finished as Premier League runners-up to Manchester United in 1993-94 but the combination of Jack Walker in the boardroom, Dalglish in the dug-out and Sherwood leading the side on the pitch soon paid the richest dividends of all.

Twelve months later, Blackburn completed an amazing rise to the top as they secured the league title from United, with Tim joining an elite band of players who have lifted the Premier League trophy. The sight of Sherwood and his blue and white team-mates celebrating on the pitch at Anfield having won the championship will live long in the memory of all Rovers fans, and Tim of course.

"It was fantastic, really wonderful to actually win the title, something that a team like Blackburn have to work so hard to achieve," explained Tim. "They were great times. We had good players who worked hard for each other and our team spirit was second to none.

"That's something we want to try to put into place here at Spurs because anything is possible and that's something we proved at Blackburn."

On Sunday, Tim's loyalties will lie with us following his recent appointment to Harry Redknapp's coaching team. The former Spur left Rovers to join us in February, 1999, and played 118 times scoring 16 goals during a three-year spell at the Lane.

He had been out of the game since ending his playing days with Coventry City in 2005, pursuing business interests, but as he admits, the chance to return to Spurs was too good to turn down.

"This is a great opportunity for me," he said. "I had to decide whether I wanted to get back into football and I said before that if I ever did, it would be at this club and if I could pick a manager, it would be Harry.

"I worked with him and played under him at Portsmouth so it's great to work with him again. I feel I can add something to the club along with the rest of the coaching team to get Tottenham back up to where we should be.

"It's been good so far, obviously winning games helps and to suffer the poor result against Fulham was a setback. But we have to make sure it's only that and bounce back straight away.

"I'll try to give the players as much as I can, try to help them along and if I see things in their game that I think they could improve on then I'll let them know," Tim continued. "The players have been great, they really want to listen to all the staff here because we all want what is best and that's the improvement of Spurs."

The immediate concern is getting three points against Blackburn in what will be a difficult contest and Tim feels that it could be a similar game to last Saturday's at Fulham.

"Blackburn are a hard-working side, just like Fulham were and we got outworked at Craven Cottage," said Tim. "If you don't win the early battles and earn the right to play the result will go against you and that certainly applies today.

"We have to make sure we are on our game, match them for commitment and work-rate and then our quality can shine through. They've got dangerous players like Roque Santa Cruz and Jason Roberts, both strong forwards, but we'll be prepared for it and hopefully we'll get back on the winning track."