Highlights and report from Spurs’ win over Sunderland at the Lane.
Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood received a boost as Christian Eriksen inspired a 5-1 rout of struggling Sunderland on Monday.
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Sherwood had declined to comment on his future in the hours before kick-off at White Hart Lane after various reports claimed he would be dismissed at the end of the season – with Louis van Gaal or Mauricio Pochettino reportedly in line for his job.
The 45-year-old was only appointed to replace the sacked Andre Villas-Boas in December, but his position has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks following a disappointing run of results.
Even this convincing win is unlikely to save Sherwood, but he looks set to go out fighting and fittingly it was a goal from England Under-21 striker Harry Kane, making his Premier League debut, that set the tone.
Lee Cattermole had given bottom of the table Sunderland a shock early lead after Vlad Chiriches’ howler.
But Emmanuel Adebayor equalised and Kane, one of the promising prodigies Sherwood championed during his time as the club’s director of youth development, marked his first top-flight start by putting the hosts ahead after the break before late goals from the superb Eriksen, Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed the demolition.
Tottenham climb back up to sixth place with the victory, while Sunderland lie seven points from safety and even their two games in hand may not be enough to save them.
“I can’t talk about anything about my employment, you will have to ask my employers about that,” Sherwood told Sky Sports after the final whistle.
“I don’t know if the talk does anyone any favours but we’ve just got to get on with it. All I was focused on was to win this game.
“I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me. It’s been a great opportunity to manage this club and my record in the Premier League is second to none compared to all the other managers who have been here.”