Tim Sherwood was delighted after Spurs win over Sunderland and denied that speculation about his future would have any adverse effect on his focus through the final weeks of the season.
On the day that news broke that Sherwood would be stepping down as the Tottenham manager come the summer, later denied by the club, he looked much more relaxed as he sat on the touchline watching Spurs convincing 5 – 1 win against Sunderland. Even when a defensive mistake gifted the visitors an early lead there was none of the histrionics displayed by Sherwood in previous games.Speaking to @SpursOfficial after the game, the manager said,
I’m delighted for the players and for the fans, it’s been a great night for us. We dominated from start to finish, moved the ball around well and should have scored more goals. We had 29 attempts at goal!
Speaking to BBC Sport, he added,
…..it was the most dominant football match you’re ever going to see.
On the BBC website, he spoke of the team’s controlled, passing football,
After giving them a goal – we’re making a habit of this and we have to stop it – I thought we controlled the game from start to finish. We stayed patient with the football, moved it around, made the pitch very big and got our offensive players on the ball in the correct areas of the field.
Sherwood had words of praise for Harry Kane who started his first Premier League game and scored the second goal, later adding an assist for Adebayor’s second. Sherwood told @SpursOfficial,
I thought Harry Kane was fantastic. He ran his heart out, stretched Sunderland and created space for Aaron and Christian.
When quizzed about his position at Tottenham, Sherwood denied that anything had changed or that it would make any difference to his approach in the coming weeks. He told BBC Sport,
I’m going to focus on getting the best out of the players in the final games. Nothing has changed. I have had the chat about next season, players I have identified and pre-season.
A good win for Spurs, next up it’s West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.