Report: Tottenham to replace manager Sherwood at season’s end

Sky sources understand that Tim Sherwood will be replaced as manager of Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s Premier League game against Sunderland at White Hart Lane, live on Sky Sports 1, Sherwood said: "I can’t say much right now. What I can say is tonight is business as usual.

"I’m setting this team up to win a football match for the benefit of the club and the 35,000 Spurs fans who will come and watch. I’ll speak at a later stage."

The 45-year-old, who was appointed on December 23 as Andre Villas-Boas’ successor on an 18-month contract, won 10 and lost nine of his 22 games in charge.

After stepping up from his position as the club’s U21 coach, Sherwood made a promising start in his first senior managerial role, winning five of his first six games.

But a poor recent run of results has seen Spurs slip to seventh in the Premier League and crash out of the Europa League at the hands of Portuguese side Benfica.

Reflecting on Sherwood’s expected departure, former Charlton manager Alan Curbishley insisted he was right to take the job but has paid the price for the side’s recent form.

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"There may be managers in work who may now look at the situation and say ‘I fancy Spurs’," Curbishley told Sky Sports News.

"If you’re offered the situation then you have got to take it and I think Tim was a bit wary of it. I think he thought there was no point taking the job just until the end of the season – that would have been a no-win situation for him.

"He held out for an 18-month contract, a little bit more security, so it wasn’t a short-term situation. These jobs don’t come around that often and you do have to take them if you really want to be a Premier League manager.

"If the results had been better and Tottenham were in the top four then I think Tim Sherwood could still have been the manager going forward."

Curbishley added: "I think only Daniel Levy can tell you the sort of manager they need – over the years he has gone down a couple of different routes.

"There may be managers out there who are in work who fancy the Tottenham job now there is a vacancy and will put their names forward."

Sky Bet make Louis van Gaal, who is set to leave his post as Holland manager after the World Cup, their odds-on favorite to replace Sherwood with Mauricio Pochettino, Frank de Boer and Jurgen Klinsmann also considered at the head of the betting.