Sherwood: No problem with Sandro
Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood played down talk of any bad blood between him and Sandro after the midfielder was dropped for Saturday's 3-1 Premier League win over Fulham.
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The 25-year-old did not make the matchday squad for the London derby and tweeted on the morning of the game to clarify that he was not injured.
Good morning Guys, just to let you know that i'm not injured ! Hope that we can win the game today.— Sandro Raniere (@sandroraniere) April 19, 2014
The tweet was seen as a swipe at his boss, but under-pressure Sherwood insisted he has no problem with the player.
“I don't care about the tweet,'' he said after the victory. “I don't go on Twitter. He can tweet what he wants.
“I like Sandro's qualities, but in my eyes it wasn't right to put him in the squad -- other people are ahead of him. I think Nacer Chadli's done well in there and I think Paulinho's done well in there.
“At the end of the day you always get an honest opinion from me and he's right what he's tweeting -- he's not telling any lies. He's not injured, and he's fit to play, but he's not selected because he's not up to it at the moment ahead of other people.”
Sherwood stressed that Sandro remains in his plans, and could work his way back into the squad before the end of the season.
Speaking about upcoming matches against West Ham and Stoke, Sherwood said: “We might look for some different qualities in there. But for today's game he's not in the squad and he's not selected.
“I really don't have a problem with him. He's a good lad. I don't have any problem with anything he's got to say. He's not being disrespectful to me, I don't think.”
Sandro appeared to laugh off Sherwood's comments, tweeting what could be construed as him taking a swipe at his boss.
Lol lol lol ...— Sandro Raniere (@sandroraniere) April 19, 2014
Sherwood was also left playing down a heated discussion between Spurs coach Tony Parks and defender Danny Rose towards the end of the match.
Asked about the incident afterwards, Sherwood said: “It was an altercation regarding who was marking who. I think they made a substitution and Danny was a little bit unclear on who he had to mark because the player he was assigned to had already gone off.
“It was a little miscommunication. Tony told him, he was told, and that was it. I'm all for that, because it shows they both care and they both want the same. They're shaking hands in there and there's not a problem with that.''
Spurs looked on course for a routine victory when Paulinho converted Christian Eriksen's cross before the break, but were pegged back immediately by Steve Sidwell's composed finish.
Harry Kane restored Tottenham's lead early in the second half before another Eriksen set-piece presented captain Younes Kaboul with an easy finish for the third.
There was a late scare when Fulham earned a penalty from an Eriksen handball, but Hugo Lloris beat away Sidwell's effort.
The triumph kept alive Spurs' hopes of European football next season, but is unlikely to dampen any rumours regarding Sherwood's position as head coach.
When asked about his future, he said: “It's been five-and-a-half months since I've been in the job and it's never gone away. I'm always fending off the same questions. It's not ideal, but it's an environment that's been created and it's a great honour to manage this football club. I just have to be professional and try and prepare them to win football matches as best as I possibly can.''
For Fulham, the defeat halted any momentum built up by back-to-back wins against relegation rivals Aston Villa and Norwich, as they remain in the Premier League relegation zone.
Manager Felix Magath was left bemoaning the qualities of Spurs goalkeeper Lloris -- who also pulled off a fine reflex save from a Hugo Rodallega header to add to his penalty heroics -- and his side's poor defending from set-pieces.
Magath said: “Tottenham played very well and they have a good goalkeeper who saved two or three very good chances against us. We didn't play badly, but the thing that was not so good was that they got two goals from free-kicks. That is too easy. I told the boys we have to work on it, because if we make it better in the next games I think we are able to stay up and win our home games.''
Magath admits he had not expected his side to take anything from the match at White Hart Lane, and believes the games at Craven Cottage against Hull City and Crystal Palace will decide their fate.
“It would be better if we got one or three points today, but we are not expecting to win here at Tottenham,'' he said. “So we are relying on our home games, and that might be enough to stay in the league.''