Sherwood not keen to talk about his future as Van Gaal and Pochettino wait in the wings

Sherwood saw his side hit five past Sunderland. Photo: PA

Tim Sherwood was keen to avoid talk about his Tottenham future after a comprehensive win that leaves Sunderland counterpart Gus Poyet hoping for a "miracle" in their relegation fight.

Emmanuel Adebayor's brace complemented efforts from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson at White Hart Lane, where Spurs recovered from going behind to an avoidable Lee Cattermole strike to win 5-1.

It was an impressive response to last weekend's mauling at Liverpool and the speculation that dominated the build-up to the Barclays Premier League encounter, with a report hours before the game claiming Sherwood would be replaced as Tottenham boss this summer.

"I can't affect that," he said when asked about the speculation. "It doesn't affect me.

"I am just professional, I know I have got an opportunity to manage this football club and I owe it to the players and the fans who come and support us to do the job professionally.

"That's what I did, just got on with the job."

Sherwood was keen to avoid talking about his future, instead preferring to focus on the performance of his players.

"After giving them a goal - we're making a habit of this and we have to stop it - I thought we controlled the game from start to finish," he said. "We stayed patient with the football, moved it around, made the pitch very big and got our offensive players on the ball in the correct areas of the field.

"We created 29 attempts to score a goal - it was the most dominant football match you're ever going to see."

While question marks remain over the direction of Tottenham, Sunderland know the only way they are going is down unless things change quickly Poyet's side have taken just one point from their last seven matches and languish bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety.

They have two games in hand on many of their relegation rivals but manager Poyet concedes his side need a miracle to stave off the drop.

"I don't change my opinion," the Black Cats boss said. "I am very honest and I know where I am. It doesn't matter if it was five minutes ago or if you asked me on Friday.

"I am realistic, when you look at the table and the games that we have got left about how many we need to win.

"I think we need a miracle. We need something unique, a shock because if not I cannot see it coming."