Sherwood won't comment on future
Tim Sherwood declined to comment on his future ahead of Tottenham's Barclays Premier League clash at home to Sunderland on Monday night.
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A report has claimed the Spurs boss, appointed to succeed Andre Villas-Boas in December, will be replaced in the summer.
Sherwood's position has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks with his fine start to life in the White Hart Lane hotseat long forgotten.
That speculation was hardly ideal preparation for the match with the Black Cats, but the Spurs boss insisted he and his team were focused on the match.
"It's not about me tonight, it's about this game," he said on Sky Sports One. "We are coming back after a disappointing result at Liverpool.
"We need to win this game tonight and all the focus is on the football. We need to set up a team to entertain these fans and hopefully win the game."
Louis van Gaal, Mauricio Pochettino and Frank de Boer have all been strongly linked with post, although a source close to the situation downplayed talk that Sherwood's immediate future has already been decided.
Asked if the speculation had been a distraction, Sherwood said: "Certainly not for me, its business as usual for me. I'm trying to set up this team. We've worked all week on how we're going to play and it shouldn't affect the players either. We're all professional and we need to get on with the job.
"We have still got points to fight for here, six cup finals in my eyes and I'm sure the players see it the same way. If we can get some positive results who knows where it might take us?"
A number of bookmakers suspended betting on Sherwood being the next Premier League manager to leave his post once the story came out on Monday, while Holland manager Van Gaal is overwhelming favourite to come in as his replacement.
But a Tottenham spokesman said: "The Board will meet with Tim, as would be normal, at the end of the season, to review how things have progressed. Anything else at this stage is speculation."