Wednesday 29 January 2014

On this day in 2003: Sherwood leaves Spurs for Pompey

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Spurs midfielder joining Harry Redknapp

  • Tim Sherwood moved south after being was out of favour at White Hart Lane

  • Sherwood helped Portmouth get promoted to the Barclays Premier League

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

29 January 2003 – Spurs midfielder Sherwood moves to Portsmouth

Tottenham Hotspur's Tim Sherwood dropped down a division in order to get first-team football as he left White Hart Lane to join Championship leaders Portsmouth.

The 33-year-old England midfielder was out of favour at Spurs and had not even made the bench during the season.

Spurs agreed to severance terms for the remaining five months of Sherwood’s contract to allow him to join Pompey, whose chief executive Peter Storrie said: “At this stage of the season and in our present position he is quite a catch. Manager Harry Redknapp has long admired the player and our interest in adding him to our squad for some time has not particularly been a secret.”

Sherwood said: “They’ve got a top-quality manager and the quality in the squad to cope in the Premier League. I hope I can help finish the job the lads here have already started.”

Sherwood made an immediate impact on his debut against Grimsby Town as Portsmouth earned a 3-0 win to end a three-match league run without a victory. He was ever-present for the rest of the season as Pompey won 11 of their final 16 matches to win the title by six points and secure a return to the top flight after a 15-season absence.

Sherwood was also a regular squad member in Portsmouth’s first campaign in the Barclays Premier League but on Boxing Day he broke his leg, against Tottenham Hotspur. It was to be his last match for Pompey, who finished the season in 13th place, as he was released in the summer.

He joined Coventry City in the summer of 2004 and stayed with the Sky Blues for one season before ending his playing career.

In 2008 he returned to Spurs to take up a coaching role and became first-team head coach in December 2013 after the departure of Andre Villas-Boas.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Portsmouth signed Tim Sherwood to aid their promotion challenge