Sherwood has no fear – Redknapp

first_img Sherwood has coached Spurs’ development side, but his only two games in charge of the first team came when Levy sacked Villas-Boas and asked the former Tottenham midfielder to take over on a temporary basis. But Redknapp, who first brought Sherwood to the club in 2008, is sure the former England and Blackburn man will be a success. “They’ve made a great decision to give him the job,” the former Spurs manager told talkSPORT. “Villas-Boas was a scout for years and years. He never played football. “He got thrown into the deep end, did a great job at Porto, and got the Chelsea and Tottenham job off the back of that. “Tim has far more football experience than the previous manager had. He’s been a top player and captained Blackburn. He’s been coaching for many years with the Under-21s so he’s not short of experience. “He’s got no fear and can handle players. He won’t be afraid of talking to them because they were bought for £20-30million, it will make no difference to him.” Sherwood took up a part-time coaching role at Spurs under Redknapp in 2008 before moving up the ladder to become technical co-ordinator. Press Association Harry Redknapp has laughed off suggestions that Tim Sherwood does not have the experience or knowledge to lead Tottenham back into the Champions League. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy took a huge gamble on Monday night when he named Sherwood as the club’s new manager. The 44-year-old, who has been given an 18-month contract, has very limited experience when it comes to management. Redknapp saw promise in Sherwood during his three-year spell at Spurs and made sure the new manager was exposed to as much experience of first-team affairs as possible. “When I was there he travelled to every first-team game with me, including all the away European games,” Redknapp added. “He’d come and watch the first-team games every Saturday after training the kids on a Saturday. So he’s been around the first team for a good few years.” Sherwood won his first Barclays Premier League game last Sunday when Spurs came from behind to register an impressive 3-2 win at Southampton. Tottenham now sit four points off the top four but victories over West Brom and Stoke in the coming days can put the team firmly back in contention. Redknapp took Spurs into the Champions League in 2010 and the QPR manager thinks Sherwood can achieve the same feat this year. Redknapp even believes that Tottenham can catch second-place Arsenal, who have spent much of the season at the top of the Barclays Premier League. “I thought Tottenham were absolute certainties to finish above Arsenal at the start of the season,” Redknapp said. “Then Arsenal lost their first game of the season, but they have done fantastic since then. But they are only six points above Tottenham. “That’s nothing. That can be wiped out in a week, so Tottenham are still bang in there. “They have a good squad. I think Tim will get the best out of them. I wouldn’t write Tottenham off four a top-four position, they have got as good a chance as the seven teams that will be scrapping it out until the end of the season.” Sherwood is expected to be without winger Aaron Lennon, who has an abdominal injury, for his first game in permanent charge against the Baggies on Boxing Day. The new boss does have midfielder Mousa Dembele available though, after he recovered from an ankle injury he suffered at St Mary’s last weekend. last_img read more

Tom Brady set to make Patriots return Sunday

first_imgNew England quarterback Tom Brady will play his first game since returning from his four-game suspension when the Patriots face the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland on Sunday, Oct. 9.Brady was suspended for his participation in the team’s “Deflategate” scandal two seasons ago. New England went 3-1 in his absence, defeating the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans before losing to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.Sunday’s game will kick off at 1 p.m. It can be seen on CBS.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Women’s volleyball gears up for tough Pac-12 season

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanThe women’s volleyball team will begin the 2017 season with a match against Loyola Marymount this Friday. This match will present an opportunity for head coach Mick Haley and the women’s volleyball team to build momentum for upcoming matches in the next two weeks against No. 16 Michigan, No. 9 Creighton and No. 14 Kentucky.  USC just missed the top-25 rankings with 105 points, about 40 points shy of No. 25 Purdue. As the season progresses, the Trojans will try to make their way up the poll as they return half of their starting lineup from last season.The roster runs deep, and many of this season’s key players have been major contributors to the team’s successes since their freshman seasons. Sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier displayed her physical presence at the net and defensive abilities last season as a freshman recording 491 kills (4.06 kills/set) and 315 digs (2.60 digs/set), which are first and second on the team, respectively.  She won’t be alone, however, as senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie, junior outside hitter Alyse Ford and junior opposite hitter Niki Withers also add depth to the lineup.  Abercrombie had 255 kills last season while hitting at a .246 percentage, Ford added 272 kills on a .220 percentage and Withers swung for 298 kills on a .253 hitting percentage. These four hitters will allow the Trojan offense to spread across the pins, providing balance that will be difficult for the opposing team to defend.The Trojans may be fully loaded on the pins, but the middle position lost Elise Ruddins to graduation. Senior middle blocker Jordan Dunn returns, and there is potential in junior middle blockers Brittany Welsh and Madison Murtagh to make an impact for the Trojan offense and defense at the net this season. Welsh is a transfer from LSU, and will be making the adjustment to the Pac-12 standard of play.“I’m really excited to be a part of the conference now and look forward to competition that has historically dominated in women’s indoor volleyball,” Welsh said. “I have also been fortunate enough to train with the team the whole summer, as it took time to adjust to the new system, but the girls were very helpful and super welcoming to all eight of us new players on the team.”Any swings that get beyond this block will be in the defensive territory of junior libero Victoria Garrick, who tallied 182 digs last season.Lastly, senior setter Reni Meyer-Whalley will run the offense. Another setter could be added to the offensive mix, since Haley has traditionally utilized two setters in a 6-2 offense due to Meyer-Whalley’s smaller stature.  A 6-2 offense is when both setters operate solely from the back row, which provides a total of six hitters (two outside hitters, two opposite hitters and two middle blockers) available in the seven-player rotation, including the libero. This offense is especially effective for the Trojans because it allows them to utilize four pin hitters in a match instead of the traditional three used by many other teams.In its quest for a deep playoff run, USC will be challenged in the Pac-12, which boasts 2016 NCAA champion Stanford, in addition to other strong programs in Washington, Utah, Arizona and UCLA.last_img read more