Football

Sherwood hurt by the sack

Tim Sherwood admits it was a "massive wrench" to lose his job at Tottenham yesterday (Singapore time) but he will be hoping he has made enough of an impression to land another managerial post.

The 45-year-old was relieved of his duties at White Hart Lane less than six months after he replaced Andre Villas-Boas in the dugout.

Sherwood's future was unclear throughout much of that reign, with constant speculation linking the likes of Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, Ajax's Frank De Boer and Holland coach Louis van Gaal with his job.

And Daniel Levy confirmed Sherwood's departure in a statement on the club's official website.

"We appointed Tim mid-season as someone who knew both the players and the club.

"We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option," the statement read.

"Moving forward, now the season is over, we shall embark on the process of finding a new head coach.

TALENTED SQUAD

"We have a talented squad and exciting young players coming through.

"We need to build on this season, develop our potential and inspire the kind of performances that we associate with our great club."

Sherwood became the 12th English Premier League manager to lose his job since the start of the season and told Sky Sports News he was disappointed to be sacked.

"It is obviously a massive wrench to leave a club of the stature of Tottenham Hotspur, a club very close to my heart,'' he said.

As soon as it was announced that Sherwood was departing Tottenham, he was installed as favourite to fill the vacant hot seat at Brighton.

Oscar Garcia left the club after losing 6-2 on aggregate to Derby in the Championship play-off semi-finals, and now Sherwood could replace him.

West Brom and former club Norwich are also looking for new managers and Sherwood's impressive win ratio of over 59 per cent during his time at Spurs will no doubt alert those clubs.

When asked in his press conference ahead of their final game of the season against Aston Villa, he revealed he was not confident he would be managing anywhere next year.

During his spell in charge Sherwood compared his position to that of a babysitter and a supply teacher and publicly criticised the commitment of his players after they slipped to an uninspiring 4-0 defeat at Chelsea.- PA Sport.