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Sherwood: De Boer would have 'tough act to follow'

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood says his rumoured replacement Frank de Boer would have a "hard act to follow".

Ajax manager de Boer said he was open to speaking to Spurs about taking over amid rumours the north London club had contacted the Dutch champions about his availability.

Tim Sherwood has faced numerous rumours about his future as Spurs boss. Credit: PA Wire

"What am I going to do? I'm not going to roll up and die, I'm just going to get on with my job, which is to try and prepare my team to win football matches and whatever will be will be," he said ahead of this Saturday's derby against West Ham United.

"I've just got to carry on with my business, show my personal pride and professionalism and make sure that those lads are prepared to win for the team and for the fans and for this great club.

"I don't think he is too interested in looking at what I am doing already because if he did then he would see he has got a hard act to follow."

West Ham fans warned over anti-Semitic chanting

West Ham United fans have been warned they will face action if they take part in anti-Semitic chanting towards Spurs fans on Saturday.

West Ham have warned fans about their behaviour during Saturday's Credit: PA Wire

Spurs fans were subjected to anti-Semitic abuse from a section of West Ham fans during last season's fixture at White Hart Lane in November 2012.

"Working with the police, the Club will continue to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards any form of discriminatory behaviour," a club statement said.

"Any fan found to be acting inappropriately - including racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic behaviour - will be punished to the full extent of the law and banned from attending matches."

Mourinho: Hazard does not sacrifice himself for team

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho appeared to criticise Eden Hazard today after claiming he does not sacrifice himself for the team.

The Belgian winger questioned Mourinho's tactics in Chelsea's 3-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid when he said the Blues are set up to counter-attack instead of taking the initiative in games.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard appeared to question Jose Mourinho's tactics. Credit: Reuters

"When the comments come from a player like Eden it's normal because he's not the kind of player to sacrifice himself for the team," Mourinho said ahead of Sunday's match against Norwich City.

"Normally you get these kind of comments from players like him, from players that can't resolve a problem like we had in the first goal.

"Eden is the kind of player that is not so mentally ready to look back to his left-back and to leave his life for him."


Tottenham defeated by Liverpool 4-0

Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his teams second goal against Tottenham Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Liverpool has overtaken Chelsea at the top of the table after a 4-0 win over Tottenham. The Reds were helped by an own goal from Younes Kaboul. Goals were also scored by Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson.

Tottenham's hopes of finishing fifth were further diminished by Everton's 3-1 victory over Fulham.

Fulham overpowered by Everton 3-1

Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah celebrates scoring his side's first goal Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Fulham has been nudged closer to Premier League relegation, after losing to Everton 3-1. An own goal in the 50th minute opened up the scoring. Despite a strike from Ashkan Dejagah, it wasn't enough to overpower Everton.

The result leaves Fulham rooted to the foot of the table, five points adrift of safety. Everton is now just 4 points behind 4th placed Arsenal on the table.

Arsenal's 1-0 win over Tottenham.

Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs and Tottenham Hotspur's Younes Kaboul battle for the ball Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Arsenal has pulled off a 1-0 win against north London rival Tottenham in today's Premier league match. The Gunners had gone into the game without Mesut Ozil, who'd picked up a hamstring injury in Tuesday's Champions League game against Bayern Munich.

But a stunning goal from Tomas Rosicky after just two minutes was enough to keep them ahead of Tottenham for the rest of the match.

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