Pleat impressed by Spurs appointment of Sherwood

Former Tottenham boss David Pleat has welcomed the appointment of new manager Tim Sherwood. Sherwood has been named new manager to the end of next season.

Former Tottenham boss David Pleat has welcomed the appointment of new manager Tim Sherwood.

Sherwood has been named new manager to the end of next season.

Pleat told BBC Sport: "He is ambitious and a leader. I look back to when he was at Blackburn with Alan Shearer, David Batty, Chris Sutton and Graeme Le Saux - some big players - but he was the leader and spoke for the team.

"He is a hard-working guy. He has developed and helped develop some good players that have emerged this season."

Pleat continued: "Every manager is a risk. There are no messiahs out there. Everyone thinks they can do it, but I think Tim will do OK. He will get respect, he understands the game and importantly can communicate.

"He will be steady and will not get carried away. It's a very big club and I believe he has certain qualities that will stand him in good stead.

"The club had to retain some stability. After sacking Andre Villas-Boas, they had to get something in place quickly. If they had brought a new man in, it would have taken him a few weeks to get things sorted."

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