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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.

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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.

Tim Sherwood says he is 'like a school supply teacher'

Tim Sherwood says the uncertainty surrounding his future as Tottenham Hotspur manager is similar to that of a school supply teacher.

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

Sherwood has been forced to deal with constant speculation over his job security since taking charge in December, with the likes of Frank de Boer, Louis Van Gaal and Mauricio Pocchettino all linked to the role.

"People will always judge on what I've come in and done," he said.

"You're absolutely right, it's imperative to have a pre-season and bed your ideas in. And also I'm doing it with a lot of uncertainty around my future.

"If you have a supply teacher who comes into your school, sometimes they're not treated with the respect that a headmaster is."

Read: Sherwood says de Boer would have tough act to follow

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."

Read: Tim Sherwood 'not affected' by job threat rumours

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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."

Tottenham deny approaching Ajax about de Boer

Tottenham Hotspur have denied speaking to Dutch champions Ajax about manager Frank de Boer.

Ajax claimed Spurs had approached them about the availability of the 43-year-old former defender who has been touted as a possible replacement for current coach Tim Sherwood.

De Boer has admitted that he would consider the move, telling Dutch media: "I'm going to think about this possibility after the last league fixture on May 3. I'm going to talk and listen."

Frank de Boer led Ajax to a fourth consecutive Dutch league title this season. Credit: PA

However, Spurs labelled the speculation as "wholly inaccurate".

"Reports that we have made approaches to other clubs regarding coaching staff are wholly inaccurate. We have not contacted any club regarding coaching appointments," a club statement said.

"We regret that a statement such as this is necessary, however we feel it is important to clarify matters."

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