August 30 2014 Latest news:
By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Friday, May 9, 2014
Tim Sherwood says the constant speculation over his future has made his job extremely difficult, and has compared himself to a supply teacher who commands limited respect.
Rumours are rife that the head coach will be replaced this summer after less than five months in charge, and Spurs midfielder Sandro has told ESPN Brazil: “He will leave at the end of the season.”
Sherwood was asked how the Brazilian might know this, given that the manager himself is unaware of what his future holds.
He replied: “I don’t know. If I need any information I’m better off asking the players – he’s not the first player to have asked me. He hasn’t actually asked me, he’s just given his opinion to someone.
“I’m not sure if the chairman has spoken to Sandro but obviously someone has told him. The players see a lot of speculation don’t they. It begins to be more than that.
“I’ve had a lot of players come to me and say their agents have told them that I’m not going to be here next year. It’s a very difficult situation but I have got to get on with it.
“It’s imperative to have a pre-season and bed your ideas in - and also I’m doing it with a lot of uncertainty around my future. If you have a supply teacher who comes into your school, sometimes they’re not treated with the respect that a headmaster is.”
Given the circumstances, Sherwood believes he has done a good job at White Hart Lane in the second half of the season.
“I think I’ve done alright,” he said. “It’s a difficult situation taking over when I did, with someone else’s players. It’s a good squad, there have been a lot of injuries, and key players have been missing an awful lot.
“I think my win percentage stands on its own. It’s up there, it’s better than anyone’s in the Premier League, so what more could I have done really? I’m happy with the way I’ve done.
“Obviously we want to beat the bigger teams and against the top four that would have been nice, but you’ve got to play every team. It doesn’t matter how many times you beat Manchester City or Liverpool, you’ve got to play the rest and you’ve got to put them away.
“I think our points accumulated over the period of when I’ve been at the club probably takes us into the top four, so I’m not sure if I could have done too much more.”
Asked if he knows when he will have a meeting with chairman Daniel Levy to discuss his future, Sherwood said: “There’s not one in [the diary] yet. We’re focusing on this last game against Aston Villa. We want a positive result and then we will sit down and have a chat.
“I have to wait to see the chairman and see what the future holds. We’ve already discussed pre-season and I gave a list of players to the chairman and to Franco Baldini of who I recommend we keep, who I recommend leave and who I recommend come in.”
While Tottenham’s season finishes on Sunday, the club will host a testimonial match for Ledley King at White Hart Lane on Monday night – and Sherwood plans to play: “Yes I’m going to try to,” he said. “I’ll try to play as long as I can possibly can.”
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