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Spurs boss faces ‘strange situation’ and states: I’d be a hard act to follow

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood

Friday, May 2, 2014
2:33 PM

Tim Sherwood admits he has faced a “strange situation” this week with Frank de Boer being heavily linked with his job, but he says any prospective Tottenham managers would have “a hard act to follow”.

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Ajax's coach Frank de BoerAjax's coach Frank de Boer

Ajax manager De Boer stated this week that “Spurs have made an approach” for his services, while Ronald de Boer says his brother “can build something” at White Hart Lane.

However, Tottenham released a statement yesterday announcing: “Reports we have made approaches to other clubs regarding coaching staff are wholly inaccurate.”

At the time, Sherwood said in an interview that “someone’s telling porkies” and, when he held his weekly press conference today, he stated that he has not been able to find out who is telling the truth.

“No I haven’t,” he said. “It was a strange situation wasn’t it, when a club’s coming out and saying they’ve been spoken to, and the manager, and then the club that I’m associated with is denying it. That’s where we are with it. I’m no further forward.

“I’ve just got to carry on with my business, show my personal pride and professionalism and make sure that those lads are prepared to win for the team and for the fans and for this great club.

“Do I deserve to be treated better? That’s for other people to decide. It’s not only me, I’ve got two coaches with me – Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey, who have given a lot of time to this club over the years - I think possibly 30 years between us.

“It’s a lot of time, a lot of effort and the club’s been good to us in that time as well. What will happen at the end of the season, who knows? But one thing we can assure the club is that we’ve always been honest with them and we’ll always give 100 per cent maximum to achieve what we need to achieve, whether that’s in the development phase or now within the first team.

“We play West Ham and we play at home against Aston Villa, and after that I will sit down with the chairman and we’ll decide what we’re going to do moving forwards. We will see if it [my position] is untenable or not.”

Asked how he felt about Ronald de Boer tipping his brother for the Tottenham manager’s job, Sherwood said: “It’s quite similar to what I would do to if I had the job. I don’t think he’s too interested in looking at what I am doing already because if he did then he would see he has got a hard act to follow.”

Sherwood is still keen to keep his position, and his hopes have been boosted by the fact that he has been nominated for the manager of the month award after going unbeaten and picking up 10 points from a possible 12 in April.

“It’s good to be nominated,” he said. “It just shows how well the team have done over the last month, when everyone thought the players would down tools and be looking to impress a new manager and not the one that is actually at the helm at the moment.

“It just shows the players are playing for me, playing for themselves and playing for their professional pride and, most of all, doing it for the supporters, who turn out home and away.

“They are doing 100 per cent to try and get maximum points between now and the end of the season and that is what we need to continue to do tomorrow, and when we play at home to Aston Villa on the last day.”

Despite a largely disappointing season, Tottenham could still match their best ever Premier League points total of 72 points, if they win their last two games – but Sherwood says that is irrelevant to the debate about his future.

But Sherwood said: “It shouldn’t make a difference to be honest, because if we’re relying on the last two games for the future of this football club then it can be decided on a 30-yard shot going into the top corner or a referee’s decision.

“You can’t manage a club from game to game. It’s impossible. The people upstairs will know whether I am good enough to take on this club and if I am the person they want to take on this club. It’s not going to make any difference over the next two games, and it 100 per cent shouldn’t.”

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