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Mauricio Pochettino dodges speculation about future

Despite the growing rumours about a move to Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino is refusing to be drawn on speculation.

I want to say that I still have one more year on my contract.

It is only normal that these rumours will start cropping up. We know the rules with how these things happen in England.

We (he and Southampton) will sit down and we will talk. This is the end of a five-year project, we have achieved what we wanted from this project and now a new project has to start.

I have said that this club now deserves to be in a new project, the board has to decide how that happens, two years, three years or four years - I just want to sit down and talk and we will see what happens.

– Mauricio Pochettino

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Sherwood: 'Massive wrench' to leave Tottenham

Tim Sherwood admits it was a "massive wrench" to lose his job at Tottenham on Tuesday but he will be hoping he has made enough of an impression to land another managerial post.

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Sherwood became the 12th Barclays Premier League manager to lose his job since the start of the season and told Sky Sports News he was disappointed to be sacked:

"It is obviously a massive wrench to leave a club of the stature of Tottenham Hotspur, a club very close to my heart."

Lineker criticises Daniel Levy after Sherwood sacking

Gary Lineker appeared to criticise Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy today for sacking manager Tim Sherwood after just six months in charge.

The Match of the Day host and former Spurs striker said "those that run the club" never get blamed for a team's troubles, as he praised Sherwood's "refreshingly different" approach.

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Tim Sherwood has been sacked by Spurs. He's opinionated, bombastic and refreshingly different. Hope to see him in charge of a PL club soon.

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It's always those that run the team, never those that run the club that are to blame!

Read: Mauricio Pochettino early favourite to land Spurs job

Mauricio Pochettino early favourite to land Spurs job

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to take charge at Spurs following the departure of Tim Sherwood.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is currently the favourite for the Spurs job. Credit: PA Wire

Ajax boss Frank de Boer - who previously claimed Spurs had enquired about his availability - is also in the running.

Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, David Moyes and Michael Laudrup have also been linked with the role.

Sherwood was sacked this morning despite leading Spurs to sixth place in the Premier League.

Read: Sherwood had best win percentage of any Spurs boss

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Sherwood had best win percentage of any Spurs boss

Tim Sherwood had the best win percentage of any Tottenham Hotspur manager in the Premier League era.

Tim Sherwood has left his position as head coach at Tottenham Hotspur after six months in charge. Credit: PA Wire

The 45-year-old, who replaced Andre Villas-Boas in December, ended the season with a win percentage of 59% after guiding Spurs to a sixth-place finish and Europa League qualification.

Sherwood had described feeling like a school "supply teacher" last week as speculation that he would be replaced mounted.

Sherwood played nearly 100 league matches in midfield for Spurs after winning the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, and rejoined the club as assistant first-team coach in 2008 before progressing through the ranks to land his first senior management role.

Read: Spurs exercised break clause in Sherwood's contract

Spurs exercised break clause in Sherwood's contract

Spurs chose to exercise a break clause in Tim Sherwood's 18-month contract to end his tenure as head coach.

Daniel Levy. Credit: PA Wire

“We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option," chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement.

"On behalf of the Club, I should like to state our thanks for all his efforts during his years with us. We wish him great success in his managerial career."

Levy said the club would now find a new head coach who can "inspire the kind of performances that we associate with" Spurs.

Lineker criticises Spurs' 'shabby' treatment of Sherwood

Gary Lineker has hit out at Tottenham Hotspur's treatment of Tim Sherwood as "shabby in the extreme".

The former Spurs striker said the club needed to clarify his position.

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I think Tottenham's treatment of Tim Sherwood has been shabby in the extreme!

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If the fella is to lose his job, then say as much. If he's to stay, then say as much.

The comments came after Sherwood described feeling like a school "supply teacher" because of the uncertainty.

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