Tottenham 1 West Ham 2: Tim Sherwood unsure of future
Tottenham 1 West Ham 2: Tim Sherwood says he doesn't know if he will be appointed as manager on a permanent basis
Tim Sherwood insisted that he doesn’t know if he will be appointed as Tottenham boss on a permanent basis after his first game in temporary charge ended in a League Cup defeat by West Ham.
Spurs, playing their first game since Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking on Monday, took the lead in the quarter-final tie when Emmanuel Adebayor powered home from close range in the 67th minute at White Hart Lane.
But the Hammers fought back as late goals from Matt Jarvis and Modibo Maiga earned the east London side a semi-final showdown with Manchester City.
We saw the shaken nerve ends of Tottenham when we scored. We then went for the jugular
Quizzed about his future after the game, Sherwood, 44, said he was in the dark over whether he could take over on a permanent basis.
“I don’t know if I’ll be Spurs manager,” said Sherwood. “I haven’t spoken to the chairman. We have to have a chat and see.
“It has to fit me and the club. The club have to make the right appointment – as you can imagine the list is as long as your arm.
“It is new for me. I have enjoyed it. It is a new voice for the players. I am trying to get the best out of them, it is difficult to get the message across of how I want to play in a few days.
“On Monday I was going to take the development team training at 10:20, I then had to change my plans to take the first team.
“There are a lot of big names in the frame. It depends who the chairman thinks is the right one.”
Meanwhile, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce praised his side for their resilient attitude after booking their spot in the last four.
“As the game wore on both teams had to go for it. Neither of us wanted it to go into extra-time,” said Allardyce.
“It is what you can do when the spaces get bigger and bigger. We improved after Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal.
“We saw the shaken nerve ends of Tottenham when we scored. We then went for the jugular. Our substitutes, who came on with fresh legs, exploited the spaces.”