London – Tim Sherwood admits his surprise appointment at Tottenham will be seen as a gamble after his reign as permanent boss began with a disappointing 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Sherwood spoke in depth after Thursday's clash at White Hart Lane for the first time since taking over full-time from Andre Villas-Boas on an 18-month deal.
The show of faith from the Tottenham board surprised many and former Spurs and Blackburn midfielder Sherwood, who has never previously held a managerial role, conceded his north London employers had rolled the dice by giving him such a high-profile job.
“There are not many English managers (in the Premier League),” he said. “Of course, it's a gamble because I've never done it before.
“But there are a lot of good managers who had never done it before and become a success.
“I was never a professional footballer until I stepped on to the field. The expectations are there, but there are no demands.”
Amid suggestions he is only keeping the seat warm until a bigger name manager steps into the hot-seat, Sherwood, 44, added: “I regard it as an insult - but it is only an insult if I go and win all the games.
“What can we do? If we win all the games and someone else comes in after I've won the league then I'm going to Real Madrid.”
Sherwood's tenure didn't get off to quite the start he would have dreamed off.
Riding on a crest of a wave after being handed his surprise early Christmas present, Sherwood was brought back down to earth with a bump after West Brom's Jonas Olsson deservedly cancelled out Christian Eriksen's opener.
Few inside White Hart Lane could argue with the leveller - or with the result by the final whistle.
It did little to quash the lingering doubts over Sherwood's appointment but he will be given time on the training field to implement his ideas with his new players.
In the meantime, Stoke are the visitors to north London on Saturday and Sherwood is desperate to secure three points.
“I want to win as many games as I can and if I do that everyone is happy,” he added.
“To manage Tottenham creates its own problems and to play for Tottenham creates its own problems.
“You have to win in front of your own fans and I am no fool. You can play fantastically well and all the stats stand up.
“It means nothing, you have to win matches. You don't want to insult anyones intelligence.
“I expect the fans want that as they have been brought up on that. But it's the way I see the game being played.
“I want to see bodies being thrown forward. At the moment it's not exactly how I want it.”
While Tottenham look for some solidity, West Brom remain on the lookout for a new manager.
Pepe Mel remains favourite to fill the role vacated by the sacked Steve Clarke but Keith Downing, the caretaker manager, claims Albion will not be rushed into making an appointment.
“There is a lot of speculation,” he said. “The players have given me everything, but the uncertainty is in the back of their minds.
“The quicker they do it the better but having said that it has to be the right one.
“I have always said I would be there supporting as best I can until they make the correct one.”
West Brom will stay in London ahead of Saturday's trip to fellow strugglers West Ham and Downing added: “West Ham is always going to be a difficult game.
“Whatever we did here is not going to change the game on Saturday. We know what they are like, we know what their strengths are.” – Sapa-AFP