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Sherwood leaves Tottenham

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

Manager Tim Sherwood has left Tottenham after a break clause in his 18-month contract was activated.

Crace: It's over, finally

Sherwood has been tipped to depart the White Hart Lane hotseat this summer, with midfielder Sandro claiming that it would happen last week. The club finished in sixth place in the Premier League table, but Sherwood has come in for criticism and in the final game against Villa invited a fan to sit in his seat on the touchline.

Chairman, Daniel Levy, told the official club website: "We appointed Tim mid-season as someone who knew both the players and the club. We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option.

"Since appointing Tim as assistant first team coach in 2008 and then as technical co-ordinator in 2010 and head of football development in 2012, we have been supportive of him during football management changes throughout that period. On behalf of the club, I should like to state our thanks for all his efforts during his years with us. We wish him great success in his managerial career.

"Moving forward, now the season is over, we shall embark on the process of finding a new head coach. We have a talented squad and exciting young players coming through. We need to build on this season, develop our potential and inspire the kind of performances that we associate with our great club."

In an interview with The Sun on Tuesday, given before Sherwood's departure was announced, Sandro said that the atmosphere among the squad had been better under Andre Villas-Boas in the first half of the season before the Portuguese was sacked and replaced by Sherwood.

"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," the Brazilian said. "The dressing-room atmosphere hasn't been a buoyant one in the second half of the season."


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