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Sherwood rules out new signings

Tottenham caretaker manager Tim Sherwood believes fresh signings are the last thing the club needs in the upcoming transfer window, as he claims they already have too many players cluttering up their training ground.

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Spurs spent more than 100 million pound signing seven star names following the world record sale of Gareth Bale last summer, but the likes of Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Roberto Soldado struggled to make their mark before manager Andre Villas-Boas was sacked on Monday.

The straight-talking Sherwood made an impressive debut performance at his first pre-match press conference ahead of Tottenham's game against Southampton on Sunday, with his comments about the depth of the squad he is working with suggesting they have too many players rather than too few.

"I don't know how they fit all the players out there [on the training ground]," stated Sherwood. "There are so many players. The injuries have helped with the numbers to be honest, even though you want them fit. It's fifteen a side games in training.

"What are you going to do with them all. I would to sign players who can have an affect on the first eleven. That's how I see it."

Sherwood admitted the experience of moving into a management position for the first time in his career has been a life changing experience, but one that he hopes to continue as he looks to become the permanent Tottenham boss.

"It's a massive change and I admire any manager who gets up there on the sidelines," he stated. "I didn't realise you can't sleep for more than two hours in this job. You wake up thinking about footballers. Of course it's pressure, but I am not scared about that. It is something I think I can deal with."

Sherwood's campaign to get the job continued as he suggested he could bring the winning, stylish football Tottenham fans want to see to the club, yet he suggested the desire to play with an eye-catching panache cannot be placed above the need to pick up victories.

"The [Tottenham] fans were brought up seeing us play expansive football, on the front foot and they like to be entertained, but they also like to win," he added.

"There wasn't a problem at all with Andre [Villas-Boas] last year, I didn't see any dissenting voices about the style of play when Gareth Bale was dribbling the ball up the field and sticking in the top corner eight times in the last minute, that is the fact.

"Winning is very important so there is a very fine balance between being attractive and pretty and winning games."

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