Sherwood: I'm their manager, not their babysitter

The Spurs boss suggested his side had a "lack of characters" and needed to show "a bit more gut" in the 4-0 loss at Stamford Bridge
Tim Sherwood has defended his criticism of Tottenham's players after last weekend's defeat at Chelsea, claiming: “I’m their manager - not their babysitter."

Spurs were thrashed 4-0 at Stamford Bridge following a series of calamitous defensive errors that led their rookie coach to question the mental toughness of his team.

Ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League quarterfinal first leg against Benfica, however, Sherwood defended his attack and suggested that his players should be strong enough to cope with with some flak.

He told reporters: "You can't get out-fought and out-desired. I don't want to see that again. I won't tolerate less than 100 percent desire.

“I’m their manager, not their babysitter.”

Sherwood, who replaced Andre Villas-Boas as Spurs boss on an 18-month contract in December 2013, admits his future at White Hart Lane remains up in the air, but is planning to remain at the club beyond his current deal.

"[There are] No guarantees," he said. "I've got an 18-month contract ... and expect to be here a lot longer than that."