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May 13, 2014

Sandro questions dressing-room vibe

Spurs manager responds to Sandro's claims that he'll be sacked at the end of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro has questioned the atmosphere in the dressing room under Tim Sherwood, but insists he wants to stay at the club.

 Sandro has had little playing time under Tim Sherwood in recent weeks.
Sandro has won 17 caps for Brazil

Crace: It's over, finally

Sandro was dropped from the first-team squad last month for the home win over Fulham, with Sherwood claiming the Brazilian was "not good enough for selection".

That has led to suggestions that he will be sold in the summer, although he did feature in the last two games of the season and started Sunday's 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

With uncertainly over the future of Sherwood, who seems likely to be replaced after just six months in charge, Sandro may not have to wait long for a fresh start in North London.

The 25-year-old, who joined Spurs from Internacional in the summer of 2010, hinted that life at White Hart Lane was better under Andre Villas-Boas in the first half of the season before the Portuguese was sacked.

"Andre was one who would always speak very closely to most of the squad one on one, whereas Tim does most of his talking during training on the side of the pitch rather than afterwards individually with players," Sandro said in an interview with The Sun.

"The dressing-room atmosphere hasn't been a buoyant one in the second half of the season. But for people to suggest we already know what will happen to the manager in the summer is wide of the mark. We only see what the media report."

However, that contradicts what the player told ESPN Brasil last week, when he said: "Sherwood will leave at the end of the season. Then it's a new coach, a new everything."

Despite a sixth-place finished and qualification for the Europa League once again next season, Sandro feels the club have underachieved.

"Overall, it's been a slightly disappointing season because, at Tottenham Hotspur, we set our standards very, very high," he added. "Our minimum aim is to finish in the top four and unfortunately this year we haven't been able to achieve it.

"We've played well in patches and overall we've played well against teams that are below us in the table. But unfortunately our results against the top four weren't good enough.

"This has been a frustrating aspect to the season and something we know we have to improve on if we are going to be competing to win the league."

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