Tim Sherwood (inset) is prepared to allow some of his fringe players to leave Tottenham this month.
Sherwood inherited a bloated squad when he took over from Andre Villas-Boas in December. The Portuguese went on a vast summer spending spree last year, parting with more than £100million to bring in seven new signings.
Some of them – principally Paulinho and Christian Eriksen – have been successes, but the likes of Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue and Lewis Holtby have found their first-team starts hard to come by under Sherwood.
Sherwood admits he has grown attached to the squad since his promotion to head coach, but the 44-year-old has also developed a ruthless streak as he knows his future at Spurs is likely to depend on whether he is a success or failure this term.
"Yes, absolutely," the Spurs manager said when asked if he was willing to let players go. ]
"As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forwards, then I'm happy (to sell them)."
Sherwood will be looking to make it five league wins from six tomorrow when Tottenham travel to Swansea.
PARDEW SLATES POLL
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has hit back at former referee Graham Poll's criticism of him following his touchline bust-up with Manuel Pellegrini.
The 52-year-old found himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons last weekend after his four-letter rant at the Manchester City manager in the wake of Cheick Tiote's controversially disallowed equaliser.
Newspaper columnist Poll described Pardew as a "Jekyll and Hyde" character, one who can be charming away from the heat of battle but combustible during the 90 minutes.
"When you sit up there and you have got a cappuccino in front of you and it's a nice afternoon, you can all make wise comments." Pardew said ahead of today's Premier League trip to West Ham. "I am on the sideline and make no bones about it, I am going to war and I want to win. I'm not there to fight anybody."