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UNDER pressure Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood last night urged chairman Daniel Levy to back him or sack him after attaining a Europa League spot.
A close-range strike from Paulinho, a Nathan Baker own goal and an Emmanuel Adebayor penalty ensured Spurs finished sixth, above Manchester United for the first time since 1990, after their 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Sherwood, who is widely expected to leave his post, appeared to have hand-picked his successor when he invited a fan sitting close to the bench to take his trademark gilet and a seat alongside coach Les Ferdinand in the closing minutes.
“Every week he tells me what to do, so I gave him the opportunity to do the job,” Sherwood explained with a smile.
The 45-year-old is, though, content with his results since taking charge in December and wants a decision on his tenure made imminently.
“That would make sense,” said Sherwood. “It will be interesting to see how I’ve been judged and what I’ve been judged on. If I’m to leave it can’t be on results.
“I think I have given a good account of myself, I’ve had a 59 per cent win ratio in the Premier League and I think if I’d have started the season we would have been in the Champions League.
“We’ve got no divine right to qualify for the Champions League. Where we finished in the Europa League in sixth is where we should be.”