'I'm too opinionated' - Sherwood rules out being Van Gaal's No.2

The Tottenham boss has revealed he would not be interested in moving into an assistant role if the decorated Dutchman arrives at White Hart Lane this summer
Tim Sherwood admits he would not be willing to step into an assistant manager's role at Tottenham if a new boss is appointed in the summer.

Netherlands chief Louis van Gaal has long been linked with Spurs, with the Dutchman repeatedly claiming that he would like to manage in the Premier League after the World Cup in Brazil.

Sherwood - given an 18-month contract after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in December - had been mooted as a possible assistant to Van Gaal but he has now scotched any talk of accepting any kind of demotion at White Hart Lane as he is "too opinionated".

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After watching his side fall to a humbling 4-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the former midfielder was asked if he felt chairman Daniel Levy would appoint a new manager in the summer.

"The silence is deafening, isn't it? It's up to Daniel," he replied.

“It’s up to the club to make that decision. One thing I guarantee people is that there is no one who cares more than me. I want the team to do very well and it hurts me when they don’t. I need people to be hurting like I’m hurting."

And when pressed explicitly on whether he would be willing to assist the prospective new boss, he admitted: "I never want to be a number two.

"I feel like I can do the number one job. I don’t think I’d be good at number two. I'm too opinionated. I wouldn’t want to do the number two job."

However, Sherwood did concede that he would be interested in moving upstairs and taking over the role of technical director, currently occupied by Franco Baldini.

"I do think there is a place for a technical director," he said. "I’m someone who sees the club from the bottom to the top on the training field.

"There’s a definite place for that. A lot of clubs need to have a person like that, otherwise you get no continuity, you just end up buying seven or 10 players every window and your turnover of players is far too great."