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By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Friday, December 20, 2013
Tim Sherwood is hoping Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will give him a 10-year contract to manage the club – but he admits he will judged on results on a game by game basis over Christmas.
Sherwood has taken the helm at Spurs following Andre Villas-Boas’ dismissal and, although the future is uncertain, he is keen to keep the manager’s job.
“We have to speak about the long-term with the chairman, it’s his decision,” said the 44-year-old, joking: “If it’s down to me I’m getting a 10-year contract now, but football doesn’t work like that, it’s all about getting results.
“I listen to managers talking about projects all the time. The project is you win games or you get sacked, end of story.
“I’d hope to be having a conversation in the near future. I’m going to be taking the game on Sunday [away at Southampton], but the games come thick and fast around Christmas so I don’t know where we’re going to fit it in.”
Spurs have linked with a number of high-profile managers, but Sherwood says the priority must be long-term stability – and he feels he has a valuable knowledge of the club.
“It’s got to fit, the club and the manager have to be compatible,” he said. “It’s not always about the biggest name. You might have done well at another club but you might not do well at this one.
“It’s up to the chairman and the board to make the right decision for the long-term future of this club. It’s not good to keep changing managers.
“I know all about the football club, I’ve played here, it’s my club. I know what the supporters want, I know what they demand. But it isn’t my decision to make the appointments and we’ve got to respect the man who takes those decisions.
“I know the players that we’ve got here, obviously, and I know the good young talent that’s coming through the club. I need to talk about philosophies – are we looking to buy players or bring them through? All of this has got to be taken into consideration when I decide whether it’s right for me or not.”
Sherwood added: “If you look at the applicants coming in for this job – I haven’t seen them – I doubt you could fit them all in this room. There’s a lot of people who would want to take this club but it depends whether they fit.”
And the 44-year-old admits he has no interest in taking an assistant’s role, stating: “No I wouldn’t want to do that, it’s No1 or nothing.”
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