Tottenham’s 5-0 defeat against Liverpool was the last match that Andre Villas- Boas was in charge of the club as he was later sacked. On December 23 Tim Sherwood was confirmed as the new head coach of the squad.
His first match in charge of Tottenham saw them claiming a 3-2 triumph against Southampton in what was a hard fought battle as they played at the St.Mary’s Stadium and a spectacular performance from the Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor gave Tottenham the edge they needed to snatch all 3 points.
This was the first Premier League start of the season for Adebayor as he was facing some difficult times in Tottenham when Andre Villas-Boas was in charge but now things have taken a huge turn for the better.
The former Arsenal player praised his team-mates and the new manager who gave him encouragement since the moment he was appointed and taken into his new role in Tottenham.
Adebayor said: “I want to thank all my team-mates, they have been there for me, they tell me to keep working hard and my chance will come. To be here today I am very pleased, not just the goals but for the team and I am very happy for the new manager, the fans. They have been supporting me.”
Adebayor added: “He Sherwood told me ‘Emmanuel, I know you for a long time’ and he was with Harry, he told me ‘I need you, get out there, play your football, I will not tell you anything, you have been around the block, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid’, you know how to play.
“For me, that was big confidence, the new manager telling me that, and I am very happy for him.
The Togolese striker was even going to make a move away from Tottenham Hotspur as he was not feeling satisfied playing in a club where he stays more time on the sidelines than on the actual pitch but with the arrival of a new manager in the club and his splendid performance against Southampton will probably be seeing him staying for a while longer in the North London club.