Sandro Claims Tim Sherwood Will Leave Tottenham in the Summer

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27:  Ruslan Rotan of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk tackles Sandro of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and  FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at White Hart Lane on February 27, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Brazil international Sandro has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood will depart the White Hart Lane hot seat in the near future.

ESPN Brazil, via, reports that the midfielder confirmed that Sherwood would not remain in charge at Spurs next season, while commenting on his own future amid links to other clubs:

He [Tim Sherwood] will leave at the end of the season. Then, new coach, new everything. I do not know anything yet, but I’m happy to have my name talked about with a club the size of Sao Paulo. Anyway, it would be very difficult to leave on loan from here.

If I was to leave, it would have to be permanently and it is not close. Other teams have come, however, with little money. President [Daniel Levy] negotiates every transfer, this was the case for [Gareth] Bale had the case, it is not easy.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 12:  Tim Sherwood the manager of Tottenham waves to the crowd after the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on April 12, 2014 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Ross Ki
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Sandro has been out of favour at Tottenham since the appointment of Sherwood and has hardly featured in the first team during the second half of the season.

He has played just four times in the Premier League since December, per Squawka, losing three of those matches. 

Darren Lewis of the Mirror recently reported on Sherwood and the player's relationship after the manager said Sandro was not "good enough" to play against Fulham. The player had taken to his Twitter account, leading Sherwood to respond. Sandro initially tweeted:

This led Sherwood to comment, per Lewis: "At the end of the day you always get an honest opinion from me and he's right what he's tweeting—he's not telling any lies. He's not injured, and he's fit to play, but he's not selected because he's not up to it at the moment ahead of other people."

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 02: Luka Modric of Real Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 2, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Clive Rose/G
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However, former Spurs player Luka Modric has entered the debate, and backed his former team-mate and called for him to be recalled to the side.

Ben Jefferson of The Express reports that Modric had taken to his Instagram account to support Sandro, suggesting that he should be played more often by the Spurs boss. 

Sandro has been an excellent player for Tottenham, but it is clear that he has a strained relationship with Sherwood. The manager cannot select a player that he feels is currently not up to the standard of others in his squad.

ENFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Sandro (R) runs through a drill during Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Europa League group match against FC Anji at Hotspur Way on December 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Get
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However, it does seem inevitable that Sherwood will leave Spurs come the end of the season. His Tottenham side have flattered to deceive at times and it is questionable whether he has done a better job than previous manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Villas-Boas' team might not have been exciting to watch, but they were still in the hunt for a strong finish in the Premier League. 

Sherwood's lack of experience as a top-level coach was always going to count against him, and he has failed to get his side to fully compete for a Champions League spot. Spurs are currently 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, per BBC Sport

Ajax boss Frank de Boer appears to be the front-runner for Spurs' manager job, with John Cross from the Mirror believing that the Dutchman is desperate for the position. 

He tweeted:

De Boer had an illustrious playing career and has had good success as a coach in the Netherlands. He appears ready to take over at a club with the financial backing of Spurs, and he would give the North London team the long-term leadership they crave.

Tottenham need an experienced head in the dressing room and at the training ground to get the best out of players like Sandro and his team-mates, and they would look up to De Boer.

It would appear that Sherwood is not that man and, according to Sandro, Daniel Levy will once again scour Europe for a top continental coach with a stronger CV than his current manager.