Things could have been a lot different for former Tottenham, Manchester United and Portsmouth striker Teddy Sheringham. The English man was certainly one of the most hard-working strikers in the game and now former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has claimed that the striker was rejected by Liverpool.
Evans was quoted by IBTimes while he was speaking to Liverpool Way and was asked what his biggest transfer misgiving was. Sheringham was only 27 when we seem to have rejected the player and it was a boardroom decision, according to the former manager.
“I’d say Teddy Sheringham.
“It was a boardroom decision not to sign him because of his age. They thought at the age of 27 or whatever it was that he was too old.
“Not too old to play, but too old to be a good investment. He went on to play a number of years with Man United and then back to Tottenham and was very successful.”
Sheringham certainly did it all with United as he picked up three Premier League titles and also the UEFA Champions League. He then re-joined Spurs before spells at Pompey, West Ham, Colchester and Stevenage.
Evans continued, as he added that he had discussed the move with Sheringham. He said that it was a decision that didn’t really work out too well, even though he says he understood the stance taken by our board.
“I spoke to Teddy before that and since then and he wanted to come, it was just a boardroom decision and as a manager you just have to take that. It was a fair answer, they just felt it wasn’t right, although they were proved wrong by how Teddy played for United. You just take that on the chin though.”
While Sheringham did win a lot of medals and honours, mostly with United, we struggled in the Premier League era to actually do anything noteworthy.
The one talking point we seem to refer to is Istanbul in 2005 and we have to do more with our current team if we want some of the glory days back.
Our transfer policy and backroom management were in question during the 90s as United stole a march on us with a number of quality signings and shrewd deals, and we have never been able to reach their level, unfortunately.
Signing Sheringham might not have solved that though but at least it would have given us someone with a winning mentality and someone lethal in front of goal.