Tim Sherwood was not surprised to be sacked by Tottenham Hotspur

Enfield Independent: Tim Sherwood was not surprised by his sacking. Picture: Action Images Tim Sherwood was not surprised by his sacking. Picture: Action Images

Former Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood says he was not surprised by Daniel Levy's decision to sack him on Tuesday but respects the club's decision.

The news of Sherwood's sacking was expected and on Tuesday it was announced the club had exercised the break clause in Sherwood's contract for the end of the season.

Speaking as a pundit on ITV 4's coverage of the Europa League, Sherwood said: "I didn't fall off my chair when he [Levy] told me. It wasn't that much of a shock, but it's obviously a disappointment to lose my job. A job that I thought I'd done reasonably well in.

"I have to respect the decision of the club. It's a massive football club. It's going to be bigger than any manager who comes in and any of the players who are there. I've got full respect for their decision."

Sherwood's departure brings to an end a tumultuous five month stint at Tottenham's head coach, which saw the 45-year-old win 59 per cent of his Premier League matches - the best win ratio of any Spurs boss in the Premier League era.

The former Spurs midfielder continued: "I've seen it all - wins, draws, losses and a few tantrums. And I've seen the sack, which I didn't want to see. I experienced a lot in that five months and I'll certainly learn from it.

"Would I do it any differently? Probably not. I want to be true to myself and that's the way I want to adapt things. We'll see if another door opens. Onto the next one, as they say.'

"Peversely I like doing it - anyone who wants to do that job must be crazy. I knew what I was going into - a lot of pressure and it occupies your mind totally.

'You're waking up in the middle of the night thinking of teams - who should play and who shouldn't. But I really liked it and really enjoyed it. I can't wait to get back in."

Sherwood is now favourite to succeed Oscar Garcia at Brighton.

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