Tim Sherwood confident he will remain in charge of Tottenhamby Jack Kitson / 21 March 2014, 09:29Tweet
Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has revealed that he is confident he will still be in charge of the club next season, despite their sudden dip in form. Rumours are rife that Chairman Dani Levy, who is no stranger to pulling the plug, is set to dispense with the outspoken 45-year-old, and bring in Louis van Gaal in the summer following the Dutchman's World Cup campaign with Holland.
Sherwood enjoyed the best start of any Tottenham manager, registering 16 points from his opening six games, however three devastating defeats on the spin has subsequently hurled his future into doubt in the Premier League Sack Race. In the last couple of weeks Spurs have lost to Chelsea, Benfica and Arsenal, with Sherwood openly slated his players, while his own attitude has been questioned following a touchline spat with Benfica boss Jorge Jesus.
The pressure had rapidly been building meaning Sherwood headed into Thursday's second-leg in Lisbon under-fire and is desperate need of an encouraging performance from his troops, who lost 3-1 at home in the first-leg. With 14 minutes of the match remaining Spurs were 1-0 down on the night and 4-1 down on aggregate, with Sherwood's future at the club seemingly disintegrating before his own eyes. However, a late rally (two goals in two minutes from the excellent Nacer Chadli) saw the London club mount a stunning comeback, although in the end it was not to be with the hosts netting a last-gasp penalty to draw the game 2-2, and go through 5-3 on aggregate.
In the second-half a spirited Spurs played with character and belief, which they can take with them into Sunday's match at home to Southampton, a tricky team who are capable of causing any team problems. Two league defeats on the spin has severely hampered their quest for a top-4 finish, with a 5th-place standing now the priority, with the Lilywhites currently two points ahead of Everton, who crucially have two games in hand. At the moment they are a 22/1 long shot to sneak into a Champions League spot, while they can be backed at 2/1 with Stan James to finish the campaign outside of the top-6.