West Brom: Tim Sherwood talks stall over coaches' terms

Tim Sherwood is favourite to become West Brom head coach - but will not agree a deal until his backroom staff receive improved terms.

The former Tottenham manager is understood to be happy with the terms after being interviewed for the vacancy earlier this week.

But Sherwood wants better offers for coaches Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand.


"There's a stand-off between Tim Sherwood and the West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace.

"I understand it will have to be Mr Peace who blinks first if Sherwood is to take the job. He won't come unless he brings with him Ramsey and Ferdinand, his trusted coaching staff.

"West Brom are known to be one of the lowest payers of staff salaries in the Premier League, and the chairman's being consistent here. But that stubbornness means he may miss out on his number one choice."

Sherwood, 45, has told West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace he will not take the job without the duo onboard.

West Brom insist Sherwood is not the only one being closely considered for the job.

BBC Sport's Pat Murphy said: "I understand there's a substantial gap between West Brom's offer and what Ramsey and Ferdinand expect.

"Sherwood's perfectly happy with his terms and contract but he won't budge over what he believes is a derisory offer to Ramsey and Ferdinand."

West Brom had been expected to name the replacement for Pepe Mel before the weekend, having concluded the interview process by Tuesday of this week.

The Baggies finished 17th in the Premier League in 2013-14, and Mel left his role as head coach on 12 May.

The Spaniard was the club's second head coach of the season, Steve Clarke having departed in December after four successive defeats.

Sherwood parted company with Spurs on 13 May, just five months after he replaced Andre Villas-Boas as manager.

Sherwood's Tottenham record

  • Played 27
  • Won 13
  • Drawn 4
  • Lost 10

*Figures include two games in temporary charge

He took charge at White Hart Lane on an interim basis on 16 December and was given the job full-time a week later.

The former Spurs midfielder led the club to a sixth-place finish and Europa League qualification, but left despite a top-flight win percentage of 59% - the best of any Tottenham boss in the Premier League.

His record impressed West Brom, as did his work with young players while working as technical co-ordinator at Spurs.

Former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino replaced Sherwood as Tottenham manager.