Sherwood: I don't need public backing from Tottenham

The coach is “cracking on” with his duties despite rumours surrounding his future, while he does not believe he has been given the credit he deserves
Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood insists he will continue to manage the north Londoners to the best of his ability even without the public backing of the club.

Despite having been handed a contract until the end of the 2014-15 season, speculation continues to link Spurs with moves for other managers, particularly Dutch duo Frank de Boer and Louis van Gaal.

Sherwood says he understands the club's need to “keep their options open” but will not let the uncertainty over his own future disrupt his work, and is convinced he can be the right man for Tottenham if given time.

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“That [public backing] is up to the club,” Sherwood told reporters. “They are obviously going to keep their options open and decide what they want to do in the future.

“It is something I can't comment on and I wouldn't. If the club feel they want to come out and back me, then it is up to them. If they don't, I am just cracking on. I am not going to be a different person for it.

“I honestly believe I can be a good manager in time. That said, I keep saying time but I am realistic enough to know that you don't get given time.”

When asked if he feels he has been given credit for the job he has done so far, Sherwood said: “No, probably not. People have been waiting for us to fail and lose some games. I don't know why. I just think the perception is you cannot be a rookie manager and come in and be that good.

“I speak to a lot of managers and I say 'Are you living on game to game?' Sometimes it's not but at a club like Tottenham it absolutely is.

“If we lose away at Norwich it is a disaster and I am one game away from complete catastrophic disaster. So I just have to get on with it. I know that. There is a lot of pressure but I didn't expect any different.”