Search

Spurs boss: Levy’s offered to sign players but I’ve said no

PUBLISHED: 13:56 31 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:53 31 January 2014

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood (back) with chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood (back) with chairman Daniel Levy

EMPICS Sport

Tim Sherwood has revealed that he has rejected chairman Daniel Levy’s offers to strengthen Tottenham’s squad in the January transfer window.

Spurs are yet to sign anyone in the winter window, and tonight’s 11pm deadline is quickly approaching.

Levy has a reputation for springing a surprise late on the last day, and Sherwood says the chairman has been willing to get his chequebook out – but the head coach says he has faith in his current group of players, and he is not expecting any additions today.

“It’s very very unlikely, unless something dramatic happens,” said Sherwood. “Certainly I’m happy with the squad, happy with the numbers. If it [the window] closed now I’d be fine.

“To be fair Daniel’s always asking: ‘Are you sure you don’t need to strengthen in this area? Can I help you in this or that area?’. I’m saying: ‘Look, I’m confident in the players we’ve got and I don’t need any help to strengthen, thanks very much’.

“I think I’ve said from day one that we’ve got a lot of players at the club, and I’ve not changed my opinions just because it’s deadline day.

“I know it’s hectic out there, I know the fans will be out there and they’ll want another 10 signings, but believe me it’s not always the correct way to go about it - just to buy players and throw them at a manager.”

Tottenham have sold Jermain Defoe to FC Toronto this month – the striker will depart for the MLS at the end of February – and a number of Spurs supporters have suggested that a replacement is needed.

Sherwood said: “Lionel Messi would be great, wouldn’t he. He’d be brilliant, let’s hope we can get him at the 11th hour, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.

“Fans will want strikers. What they’ve got to look at is that we signed seven players in the summer, and not a lot of teams have done that. We’ve spent an awful lot of money, so we’re strong enough.

“As I’ve said we’ve got strikers at the moment who can do the job, and I’ve got confidence in the numbers that we’ve got here between now and the end of the season.

“We need some of them [our players] to gel. It’s like putting a jigsaw together and hopefully we’ve got some players who are coming back to fitness, which is very important for us, and I’ve got real trust in this squad to take us where the club want to go.”

There were suggestions that Levy and Spurs’ technical director Franco Baldini foisted signings upon Andre Villas-Boas in the summer – but Sherwood says there is no chance that will happen today.

“They can bring them in, they won’t play,” he said. “We’re in it together. They talk about players, we all talk about players together, and unless we’re all in agreement they won’t come in. There’s no point bringing players in that I don’t sanction, because they’re not going to play.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs

Related articles

0 comments

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

27 minutes ago

Wickets continued to tumble on an overcast day at Lord’s as Middlesex gained a slight advantage on a match destined to end within three days if the weather holds.

18:00

The Silver Jubilee Park club played a friendly match with Barking on Tuesday and drew 1-1 with Leo Pedro on target

16:42

It’s a case of Arsene Wenger versus ‘Ferguson’ on Wednesday evening as Arsenal face Doncaster Rovers at the Emirates – except his rival will be Darren, not his father Sir Alex.

Birmingham City loanee loving life under Karen Hills and Juan Amoros and full of praise for her team-mates

14:00

Arsenal legend Martin Keown paid a special visit to a Holloway pub to unveil a statue of the first London BT Sport manager of the month.

12:00

Spurs youngster played 90 minutes to continue his recovery from ankle ligament damage, while Fernando Llorente reflects on his full debut

08:32

Arsenal’s Jordan Nobbs and Jodie Taylor were among the goalscorers as England began their 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign with an emphatic win over Russia.

Yesterday, 22:10

English Football League Cup third round: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Barnsley 0

PROMOTED CONTENT

Japanese baby and children’s clothing company Familiar is making their first venture into Europe with a pop up event in Hampstead

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now