Tottenham 5 Sunderland 1: Tim Sherwood coy on Spurs future
Tottenham 5 Sunderland 1: Tim Sherwood remains coy on his Spurs future after watching his side thrash the Black Cats
Tim Sherwood gave nothing away about his Tottenham future after watching his Spurs side thrash Sunderland at White Hart Lane.
Lee Cattermole gave the Black Cats the lead at White Hart Lane, but the home side levelled soon after when Adebayor converted Christian Eriksen’s cross in the 28th minute.
I think my win percentage is higher than any manager who’s been here
Eriksen then set up Harry Kane for a tap-in on the hour-mark, before the Dane made it 3-1 with an accurate low strike into the bottom corner.
Adebayor turned in his second after Vito Mannone saved Kane’s shot, with Gylfi Sigurdsson smashing in a fifth to complete the rout.
Reports on Monday had claimed that Spurs plan to relieve Sherwood of his managerial duties at the end of the season.
But the 45-year-old, who took over from Andre Villas-Boas back in December on an 18-month deal, refused to be drawn on the speculation after the final whistle.
“I can’t comment on anything about my employment, you’d have to ask my employers about that,” Sherwood told Sky Sports. “As far as I’m concerned, I set the team out well tonight.
“We outplayed Sunderland. We knew it would be a tough game because they’ve got their threats and we’ve done the job well tonight. We’ve got five games left and we think we can win all five.
“All I was focused on was just winning the game tonight, preparing the boys correctly and being professional. It’s been an opportunity to manage this great club.
“My record’s been very good – in the Premier League it’s second to none. I think my win percentage is higher than any manager who’s been here.”
Sherwood also dismissed the suggestion that his future depends on a top-four finish.
“Obviously we wanted Champions League football but there was never any pressure or talk saying that we have to finish in the Champions League,” he added.
“They made the decision that they wanted to make a change and they asked me if I would like the opportunity. I’m doing my best every game to get this team high up the league and I’ll continue to do that until the end.”