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Tim Sherwood: 'There was no top-four ultimatum'

Tim Sherwood manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur at KC Stadium on February 1, 2014
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Under-fire Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood insists that his future at White Hart Lane does not depend on whether they qualify for the Champions League this season.

Tim Sherwood has insisted that his future as Tottenham Hotspur manager does not rest on whether they qualify for the Champions League this season.

The 45-year-old was appointed as successor to Andre Villas-Boas in December on an 18-month contract, but rumours continue to surround his position long term.

Speculation on Monday suggested that Sherwood will be sacked at the end of the season, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy lining up outgoing Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal as a replacement.

Securing a top-four finish would improve Sherwood's chances of him staying on next year, but the former Premier League winner has stressed that he was not set any targets when he took the post.

Asked if he could pay the price if Spurs fall short of their objectives, he told Sky Sports News: "No, not at all. There was never any talk. Obviously we wanted Champions League football, but there was never any pressure or talk about having to finish in the Champions League. Basically, it's just go out and do your best.

"They made a decision that they wanted to make a change and they asked me if I would like the opportunity, and I said, 'If it was right for me'. That's as far as it's gone. That's where we are now.

"I'm doing my best in every game to try and get this team high up the league and I'll continue to do that until the end."

Sherwood was speaking after Tottenham's 5-1 thrashing of Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Monday, which took them to within five points of North London rivals Arsenal in the race for fourth place.

Tottenham Hotspur's English interim manager Tim Sherwood celebrates during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on December 22, 2013
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