Even My Own Family Believed I’d Punched One Of My Players, Says Spurs Boss Tim Sherwood

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Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood says that even his family believed the rumours last month that he had punched one of his own players, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

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Stories on Twitter began doing the rounds in the immediate aftermath of Spurs’ 4-0 loss at Liverpool suggesting that Sherwood had to come to blows with a player in the dressing room after the game.

“It was incredible the way that it gathered so much pace,” Sherwood said.

“I was getting family and friends texting me saying: ‘Why did you do it?’

“They didn’t say: ‘Did you??’ It was all ‘Who did you hit? Who did you hit?!’

“You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t! If Mourinho sits up there he’s fine. Nigel Pearson at Leicester has sat up there all season and they’ve been promoted to the Premier League.

“I didn’t have any hidden agenda regarding [having a go at the players]. I just felt they needed to be accountable. If Mourinho does it now, its right. If I do it, its wrong because I’m inexperienced and Mourinho’s the best manager we’ve ever seen supposedly.

“Whatever decisions you make in this game only stand up if you win. If Mourinho doesn’t go on to win anything at Chelsea then he’s going to be wrong for saying what he said.

“Obviously he gets a little bit more leeway because he has earned the right to say what he wants. People will say: ‘Who is Tim Sherwood to start having a go?’

“But I am realistic to know it’s Tottenham, you are under the spotlight no matter what you do. You’ve got a rookie manager coming in here, won the first eight games or whatever it was and everyone thinks it’s easy.

“I didn’t, I was realistic, I knew there was going to be some downs. It was a case of just cracking on. But whatever decisions I make are my decisions. If I’m going to go down, I’ll go down my way.”

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