Tim Sherwood needed just two words.
“It’s madness,” he said, reflecting on a frantic 48 hours which had seen him go from a respected but anonymous role with the development squad at Tottenham, dealing with the club’s up-and-coming teenagers, to managing the first team, albeit on a caretaker basis.
Sherwood was implying no criticism following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, just expressing incredulity at the situation in which he found himself.
Yet “madness” just about sums it up.
So much so that when they write the definitive textbook on football they might include a chapter on the recent goings-on at White Hart Lane and entitle it: ‘How not to run a football club’.