OPINION: Andy Bloomfield: Premier League clubs need to be more patient

Tim Sherwood was sacked by Spurs last week
Tim Sherwood was sacked by Spurs last week

The impatience of Premier League clubs is once again one of the hot topics following the departures of Pepe Mel and Tim Sherwood from West Brom and Spurs respectively.

A lot has been made of the fact that Sherwood had a good record since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in December, and he does seem to have been brought in as a stop-gap appointment - despite his 18-month contract.

He certainly cut a more lively figure than AVB on the touchline, inviting a critical Spurs fan to sit in his seat for the final game of the season, a 3-0 home success against Aston Villa which cemented their place in the Europa League ahead of Manchester United.

I am not sure that constantly changing managers is very good for teams challenging for honours at the top end of the table.

You cannot argue with how Sherwood managed to get the best out of striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who went from languishing in the reserves to banging in goals for fun.

Maybe it is time that the Spurs supporters took a look at chairman Daniel Levy, who has now begun his search for a ninth manager since he took on the role at White Hart Lane in 2001.

The appointment of Tony Pulis by Crystal Palace and of Gus Poyet by Sunderland saw both sides pull off great escapes from relegation, but on the other hand managerial changes at Norwich, Cardiff and Fulham - who had three different bosses - failed to save them from the drop.

Clubs need to take more care about their appointments, if nothing else it must cost them a fortune in paying off managers on a regular basis.

Mel seemed a very strange appointment by the Baggies as they were 14th in the table when he was appointed in January to replace Steve Clarke.

They ended up just three points - and one place - clear of the drop back into the Championship, so maybe they should have kept faith with Clarke, who had taken the Midlands club to the dizzy heights of eighth place the previous season.

He may well have endured a torrid 2013 which saw West Brom win only seven of their 34 Premier League games, but I believe that they should have stuck with Clarke.

Maybe Sherwood could be the ideal man to motivate the Baggies next season?