Next Reading Manager? Tim Sherwood’s managerial career in numbers

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 14 October 2019, 10:32

The next Reading Manager market has featured an eclectic mix of managers.

These range from the Italian duo of Eusebio Di Francesco and Cesare Prandelli, who were both surprisingly cut to 10/1 with one bookmaker on Sunday, to Tim Sherwood whose own odds have been slashed from 40/1 to just 21/10.

Read: Could Eusebio Di Francesco become the next Reading manager?

Gilet-loving Sherwood, now 9/1, has not been spotted in the dugout for a whopping four years, but his sudden appearance towards to the top of the Reading betting has inevitably led to speculation that the former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss could soon be set for a shock return to management.

Below we take a look at Sherwood’s managerial career in numbers…


Tottenham and Aston Villa scored a combined 81 goals under Sherwood’s watch, and conceded 84. At Spurs he saw 43 goals go in his favour and 37 conceded down the other end, while Aston Villa scored 38 and leaked in 47.


Sherwood has managed just 56 matches across the two posts, which all took place over a two-year period between 2013 and 2015. In total he recorded 24 wins, six draws, and 16 defeats.


Sherwood’s overall Win Rate as a manager averages out at 42.9%. This was significantly higher in his first spell at Tottenham (50%), than in his subsequent stint at Aston Villa (35.7%). At the time of his exit Sherwood had a Premier League win percentage of 59%, the best of any Tottenham boss in history.


Coincidently, Sherwood managed exactly 28 matches at both Tottenham and Aston Villa, which includes the two Spurs games he oversaw as caretaker before his position was made permanent.


Villa finished 17th under Sherwood in 2014/15.


A run of 9 top-flight games without a win saw Villa wield the infamous managerial axe upon Sherwood back in October 2015. During that run Villa suffered six successive defeats, and were 19th in the league.


Sherwood’s best Premier League finish is 6th with Tottenham in what proved to be his only season - well, half-season - at the club back in 2013/14.


The most goals he’s overseen in a single game is five, which he did on two occasions. Villa overcame Notts County 5-3 in an EFL Cup second round clash, and prior to that a 5-1 thrashing of Sunderland when he was in charge of Spurs.


It’s been four years since Sherwood last managed a football match. Since leaving Villa in October 2015 he’s predominantly been working as a TV pundit, but let’s not forget that bizarre stint as Swindon’s director of football.


Sherwood’s biggest defeat in management came towards the end of the 2014/15 season when Villa were hammed 6-1 by Ronald Koeman’s Southampton, a game which saw Sadio Mane record the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history: 2m 56s.


Clubs managed. You’ve probably got the gist by now but they are Tottenham and Aston Villa.


FA Cup Final. Unlike Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino, Sherwood has managed in an FA Cup Final. Aston Villa may have been thumped 4-0 by Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, but it’s still an achievement of sorts!


Sherwood has never managed a Championship match.

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