In Depth

Spurs sack Sherwood as chaos continues – who's up next?

It's the end of the season and the knives are out as the managerial merry-go-round warms up

THE carnage that has accompanied the end of the Premier League football season shows no signs of abating after Spurs sacked manager Tim Sherwood. The news does not come as a surprise but adds to the sense of chaos around the league.

Sherwood is the second manager to lose his job this week after West Brom parted company with Pepe Mel on Monday. In addition, Aston Villa have been put up for sale by owner Randy Lerner, Old Trafford legend Rio Ferdinand and coaches Phil Nevill and Chris Woods have been axed by Manchester United, who are also on the lookout for a new manager, and the future of Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is in doubt after he was caught up in a sexism scandal.

Sherwood guided Spurs to sixth in the league this season after taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in December. The BBC says that despite a win rate of 59 per cent, the best of any Tottenham boss in Premier League history, and securing a place in Europe, the Spurs man was dogged by speculation over his long-term future throughout his turbulent reign.

The club were forced to deny reports they had sounded out Ajax boss Frank de Boer about replacing him, and Sherwood complained that he felt like a "supply teacher" towards the end of the season.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is favourite to take over at White Hart Lane, says the Daily Telegraph. If he is appointed it could trigger a managerial merry-go-round.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is also the subject of rumours about his future. Talksport says he has been linked with the Southampton job and a possible vacancy at West Ham if Sam Allardyce leaves. There is also talk of "a power struggle" at the club.

However, not every manager is heading for the exit door. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is set to remain at Anfield for a while yet and was rewarded for his efforts in guiding the Reds to second place in the Premier League when he was voted the League Managers' Association manager of the year on Monday night.

He acknowledged that the season had not ended as he would have wished when he admitted: "I was hoping to be on an open-top bus tonight," a reference to champions Man City's parade through Manchester after pipping Liverpool to the title.

Tony Pulis is another manager secure in his job. The Crystal Palace boss, whose side were the ones to derail Liverpool's title push, was voted Barclays Premier League manager of the year at the event in London.

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