Englishman is set to be sacked this week.
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood has told chairman Daniel Levy to either back him or sack him, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
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The former Tottemham midfielder was only appointed to take over from previous boss Andre Villas-Boas on an 18-month deal last December.
However, with the north London club having now failed to finish the campaign in the top four of the Premier League, and so meaning there will be no Uefa Champions League next season, it is expected that Sherwood will be relieved of his duties at White Hart Lane by the end of the week.
But speaking after Spurs’ final league encounter of the campaign, a 3-0 home win over Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, Sherwood was in feisty mood, telling his post-match press conference: “My brief was to see if we can score a few more goals. We scored 15 prior to when I took the job and we’ve scored 40 since. Not many other clubs have done that.
“It was hyped, ridiculous. We’re taking out one of the best players in the world and replacing him with seven players who have never played in this competition before. How could we possibly expect to win the title? They will be better next season, but to take out a real match winner – and Defoe, and Dempsey – what are you replacig them with?
“Adebayor, who wouldn’t kick a ball for the club until I took over, and Soldado who’s never played in this competition before and is going to take time to settle. It was impossible to even think about the top four. I don’t want to pour water over it but it’s a fact.
“Why have we got a divine right to qualify for the Champions League? Where we finished, qualifying for the Europa League, is where we are. We’re not getting there (to the Champions League).”