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Sherwood keeps focus on pitch

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood insists that he is not looking beyond the club's next fixture despite speculation that his future is in doubt.

Last Updated: 14/04/14 at 08:00 Post Comment

Tim Sherwood: Not looking beyond the club's next fixture

Tim Sherwood: Not looking beyond the club's next fixture

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Talk that Sherwood, appointed as head coach in December on a contract to the end of the 2014/15 season, will lose his job in the summer has intensified of late.

In response, Spurs have only said their board will meet with the 45-year-old at the end of this campaign "as they would normally to review how things have progressed", adding that "anything else is just speculation".

Sherwood, meanwhile, has once again insisted he is in the dark with regard to his prospects of staying on.

Following Saturday's 3-3 Barclays Premier League draw at West Brom, sixth-placed Tottenham have four more games this term and are four points behind fifth-placed Arsenal and six behind fourth-placed Everton, both of whom have five matches left.

And after the encounter at the Hawthorns, Sherwood said regarding his job: "I don't know what's going to happen.

"I'm just concentrating on winning as many games as I can for Tottenham.

"When we look at the games we've got left (Fulham and Aston Villa at home, either side of back-to-back away matches against Stoke and West Ham) we believe we can win every one."

Asked if he had spoken to chairman Daniel Levy, Sherwood said: "No, he's on holiday this week."

And when then asked if clarification about his position would help, Sherwood replied: "No, I'm just concentrating on preparing the team as best I can.

"I'm proud to manage this club, it's a great club. You see how the fans are. It's an honour and I want to continue doing it for as long as possible."

Then questioned as to whether he was planning for the long-term, he added: "I'm not looking past Fulham next week."

Sherwood's team recovered from a disastrous start at West Brom, which saw them concede three times in the opening 31 minutes, to salvage a point.

Midfielder Christian Eriksen made it 3-3 in stoppage-time, keeping his cool to cut inside Steven Reid and fire into the net.

And Sherwood likened the Denmark international to Arsenal and Holland great Dennis Bergkamp when praising Eriksen for his composure.

Sherwood said of Eriksen's goal: "Berkamp-esque.

"You want someone to rush those chances as an opposition manager but when it lands to him you know he's going to be ice cold.

"Once he cut inside I knew the net was catching the ball."

While Eriksen has been in fine form, a Tottenham player to have dropped off the radar somewhat recently is Andros Townsend.

The winger has featured primarily as a substitute since returning to action in February after an injury lay-off and it appears his chances of making the England squad for this summer's World Cup could be fading.

Townsend came on in the 85th minute of the West Brom game, and Sherwood said: "I like them all, but Eriksen can't be left out. He's always liable to do what he did.

"Andros at the moment... I thought he came on with a very good attitude.

"Roy (Hodgson, the England boss) knows him well and I've had enough conversations with Roy. He knows what I think of Andros.

"Roy has got to weigh up his options and see what other options he's got.

"One thing for sure about Andros is that he won't let anyone down given the opportunity."

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