Tuesday 17 October 2017

Tim Sherwood doomed as Levy eyes Pochettino as next Spurs boss

Tim Sherwood admits the Spurs players seem to know more about his future than he does himself
Tim Sherwood admits the Spurs players seem to know more about his future than he does himself

Matt Law

Tim Sherwood's relationship with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is set to come to an unhappy end after the club's final game of the season against Aston Villa tomorrow.

Levy has decided to replace head coach Sherwood and is ready to step up his interest in Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Sherwood last week claimed that "somebody is telling porkies" over Tottenham's denial that a check had been made on Frank de Boer's situation at Ajax.

Ahead of the Villa clash, Sherwood revealed that the Tottenham players are giving him a clearer picture of his job prospects than Levy. Asked when he last spoke to Levy, Sherwood replied: "A couple of days ago, just in the restaurant. We just said 'hello' and he wished us luck for the weekend."

Sherwood was also pressed on an interview given in Brazil by midfielder Sandro, who said: "He (Sherwood) will leave at the end of the season. Then, new coach, new everything."

Sherwood responded by saying: "My situation is you have got players talking about me not being here next season. That's how difficult the situation is. It's natural. If they knew I was here for five years or three years, or certainly for next year, then they wouldn't be saying that, would they?

"If I need any information, I am better off asking the players. Sandro obviously has knowledge of what is going on. I wish I knew.

"I don't know if the chairman has spoken to Sandro, but, obviously, somebody has told him. The players look a lot at the speculation and it begins to be more than that. I have had a lot of players come to me and say to me: 'Our agents have told us you are not going to be here next year'. It is a very difficult situation.

"People will always judge me on what I have come in and done. I am doing it with a lot of uncertainty around my future. If you have a supply teacher who comes into your school, sometimes they are not treated with the respect that a headmaster is.

"The players need to show professionalism and try 100pc. This is a big club, any manager who comes in here or any players who ever play for Tottenham should never be thinking they've outgrown this football club. Too many do, they think they're doing us a favour by being Tottenham players, which is a real problem."

Sherwood is expected to learn his fate in a meeting with Levy next week, but asked directly whether he would definitely be the manager of a football club next season, he replied: "I'm not confident. No, I'm not confident."

Levy's failure to land Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez is influencing his growing interest in Pochettino. Both were considered as replacements for Harry Redknapp two years ago, but Liverpool moved quicker on Rodgers and Levy went for Andre Villas-Boas over Martinez.

FLOURISHED

While Levy sacked Villas-Boas in December, Rodgers has flourished at Liverpool and Martinez likewise at Everton. Levy would still like to take Martinez to Tottenham, but realises the Spaniard is unlikely to quit Everton for north London. That leaves him looking for a manager in the Rodgers or Martinez mould and senior figures inside White Hart Lane believe Pochettino could be that man.

Levy is set to make a move to speak to Pochettino after meeting Sherwood and the Argentinian has helped his claims by not commenting publicly about the interest of Spurs.

Ahead of Southampton's final game of the season against Manchester United, Pochettino skilfully dodged referring to Spurs, but revealed his St Mary's job may be complete.

"This Sunday, when the game finishes with Manchester United, a project of five years that has been happening will come to an end. It's up the board to discuss with me the new project that will be in place starting next season."

Asked whether Saints fans should worry that tomorrow will prove to be a farewell, Pochettino said: "I don't think you can live in the fear of the future." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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