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Spurs manager Tim Sherwood. Photo: Nick Potts/ PA Wire

Spurs manager Tim Sherwood. Photo: Nick Potts/ PA Wire

Spurs manager Tim Sherwood. Photo: Nick Potts/ PA Wire

TIM SHERWOOD insists all of his current squad are playing for their Tottenham careers and is not bothered if he upsets the players, declaring he is a "manager, not a babysitter".

Having blasted the character of his side following their 4-0 defeat by Chelsea on Saturday, Sherwood oversees two big games this week as he welcomes both Benfica and Arsenal to White Hart Lane.

Tonight's round-of-16 Europa League first leg against Portuguese league leaders Benfica takes on an extra edge given Spurs are now four points off a place in the Premier League's top four.

But, with fierce local rivals Arsenal to come on Sunday, Sherwood has urged his players to prove they are worthy of a place in his thinking beyond the end of the current campaign, as the manager continues to play down speculation about his own future.

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"They know how I am and how I felt about what happened," Sherwood said when asked how his players responded to his post-match comments.

"We are moving on, you can't dwell on it.

"They are all men, they all appreciate that I am singing it from the heart, not from the script – I'm not an actor, I work on impulse.

"I'm never going to take a step back. I'm just going to shoot from the hip. That's what I'm like. I'm a manager, not a babysitter. A lot of players here are playing for their future and I think they realise that now.

Sherwood said he had spoken to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy following the disappointing result at Chelsea, but that discussions only focused on how to take the club forward next season.

With names such as Louis van Gaal and Frank de Boer constantly linked with his job, Sherwood maintains he is the man entrusted with getting Spurs back into the Champions League, having only replaced previous incumbent Andre Villas-Boas in December. When asked if he had spoken to Levy, Sherwood replied: "There was no sit-down meeting, nothing more than what I normally do. I've seen him a few times. I'm planning for next season.

"There's no point me planning if someone else is coming in. I've not asked for any assurances. I've an 18-month contract and I expect to be here a lot longer than that."

Meanwhile, Sandro has revealed Tottenham's players were locked in a furious two-hour crisis meeting on the back of Saturday's heavy defeat at Chelsea.

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While the boss was facing up to the media, the players were holding their own inquest.

"We spent more than two hours in a meeting amongst the players and we said what we had to say," he said.

"We had a meeting with the players. Sometimes one player got a bit more stressed out and we tried to calm him down and talk in a nice way.

"We spent about two hours that way. Every player had their fair share to say, put it that way. We all spoke amongst ourselves. The manager likes it. Everyone can go for it now, and I think it will help."

Sandro also admitted Sherwood had repeated his media comments to the players at Stamford Bridge.

"He said the same thing to us as what he said to the press," the 24-year-old said. "I know the manager is with us and we are with the manager. As professional football players, we have to work with all managers and do our best for them and for us.

"We need to show a bit more in next match to tell the manager that we care. We will do that," he said.

Tottenham now face another season-defining week as they welcome both Benfica and local rivals Arsenal to White Hart Lane.


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