Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You're All Playing for Your Futures, Says Spurs Chief; FOOTBALL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You're All Playing for Your Futures, Says Spurs Chief; FOOTBALL

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TIM Sherwood insists all of his current squad are playing for their Tottenham careers and he is not bothered if he dents a few egos, declaring he is a "manager not a babysitter".

Having blasted the character of his side following their 4-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, no-nonsense Sherwood oversees two big games this week as he welcomes both Benfica and Arsenal to White Hart Lane.

Spurs host a round-of-16 Europa League first leg clash against the Portuguese league leaders tonight then on Sunday face local rivals Arsenal looking to close the widening four point gap on the Premier League's top four.

Sherwood has urged his players to prove they are worthy of a place in his thinking beyond the end of the current campaign even as he continues to play down speculation about his own future.

"They know how I am and how I felt about what happened," Sherwood said when asked if his players were stung by his post-match comments.

"We are moving on, you can't dwell on it. They are all men, they all appreciate that I am singing it from the heart, not from the script - I'm not an actor, I work on impulse," he said.

"I'm never going to take a step back. I'm just going to shoot from the hip. That's what I'm like. I'm a manager, not a babysitter.

"A lot of players here are playing for their future and I think they realise that now. I'm going to have a good look at the whole squad and see who I need to keep and who I need to bring in.

"They have that chance between now and the end of the season to prove they want to play for a giant club like this.

"I want players here who want to play for the club. They have to show they are playing for their club and not for themselves.

"I don't think at any club a player should think they are doing them a favour by playing for them."

Sherwood said he had spoken to chairman Daniel Levy after a disappointing display at Chelsea but that discussions focused on how to take the club forward next season. …

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