Like a more aggressive and less self-deprecating Ian Holloway, Tim Sherwood is not any easy man to warm to.
As a Crystal Palace supporter I remember the inescapable feelings or anger and grief I felt when he was backed into heavy odds-on to take over at Selhurst Park in the post Tony Pulis omnishambles.
Last night I broached the subject of what seems to be Sherwood’s impending appointment at Queens Park Rangers with a Loftus Road season-ticket holding friend of mine.
It was the lad’s birthday, a happy occasion on which he was surrounded by well-wishing comrades.
However, upon mention of the former Tottenham boss, the birthday boy, a devoted QPR fan of some 33 years, buried his head in his hands.
I had reacted similarly when Sherwood was linked with the Eagles, to the extent that I was elated when Neil Warnock instead took the job.
Yet, while it might be hard to see yourself rallying behind the former Premier League-winning midfielder, it could well be time to acknowledge that Tottenham are reaping the rewards of his legacy.
Mauricio Pochettino is accumulating points and plaudits in return for giving Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb the minutes required to blossom under the Premier League hotlights.
Meanwhile, the signing of Dele Alli, who was also courted by Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle and Aston Villa, suggests White Hart Lane is no longer perceived as the graveyard of ambition for the top teenage prospects it once was.
Alli himself left it in little doubt that the club’s willingness to give young players their first-team chance swayed his decision, saying:
“I like the way the manager has been working, developing the youth and bring a lot of young players in. I wanted to come to a club where the manager puts a lot of trust into young players.”
Not so long ago such a statement would have seemed laughable.
Wayne Routledge will never get his wasted White Hart Lane years back, while John Bostock joined Spurs after interest from Barcelona and a league debut for Palace at 15, before being chewed up and spat out in the direction of the Belgian second tier five years later.
If the aforementioned examples could be attributed to the bitter grumblings of Crystal Palace fan, the same could not be said for the following honour roll of doomed youth:
Zeki Fryers, Chris Gunter, Giovanni dos Santos, Adel Taarabt, Kevin Prince Boateng, Jamie O’Hara, Callum Davenport, Johnnie Jackson, Lee Barnard.
However, the tide seems to have turned in the wake of Tottenham’s recent Kane, Mason, Bentaleb and even Danny Rose-fuelled exploits.
The Lane is an attractive destination for England’s most hotly-touted youngsters once more.
Love him or loathe him, Spurs have Sherwood to thank as they enjoy the profits of the clear path from youth ranks to the first team he established during his short spell in charge.
The Borehamwood-born job seeker was an iconoclast during his stint as Lilywhites manager and began the long-overdue process of smashing the Harry-Redknapp-era glass ceiling for academy and youth talent.
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has spoken of changing his club’s focus from buying to nurturing players in the wake of Redknapp’s Loftus Road departure – he could hardly hope for a man better equipped to oversee the transition than the much-maligned Sherwood.