Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood insists he is focused on Spurs’ final game of the season against Aston Villa, and has targeted Europa League qualification despite rumours circulating about his future, writes Sky
Tottenham sit sixth and know that a draw at home to Villa will be enough to ensure Spurs take part in Europe next season, with Man Utd three points behind them in the table going into action on Sunday.
Despite media reports that Sherwood will be dismissed from his managerial role at White Hart Lane after the conclusion of the campaign, the former Premier League winner insists that his priority is to guide Spurs to continental qualification.
He said: “It is a huge game. We want to finish with maximum points if possible, we know they are going to be tough, they carry a threat on the counter attack and are better away from home than they have been at home.
“I will be guaranteeing to our fans that I will be selecting a team that want to play for Tottenham in this last game and want to be playing in the Europa League next season. I think that is hugely important for a club like Tottenham. Everyone aspires to be in the Champions League but we know how difficult it is to actually achieve that.
“We’ve got a big squad of players and when they’re all fit…they need a games programme and I think the Europa League gives them opportunities to play games, keep themselves mentally prepared and physically ready.”
Sherwood went on to confirm that he has already started planning for life in north London next season, but admits he won’t know his future until he talks with club chairman Daniel Levy. When asked about when that meeting will take place, Sherwood continued:
“There is not one pencilled in yet. We are focusing on this last game against Villa we want a positive result and then we will sit down and have a chat. I have to wait to see the chairman and see what the future holds.
“We have already discussed pre-season and I gave a list of players to the chairman and to Franco Baldini of who I recommend we keep, who I recommend leave and who I recommend come in.
“They haven’t given me an indication how they are moving forward with that.”
Sherwood was given an 18-month contract at the club after serving as an interim boss following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas in December.
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