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Adebayor nets brace as Spurs prevail 5-1

London: Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood was a happy man on Monday as his side ended the day full of speculation about his future, with a 5-1 crushing of Sunderland in the Premier League.

All eyes were on the former Blackburn Rovers and Spurs midfielder after a television channel reported that he would be replaced at the end of the season. However, the 45-year-old did not look like a man about to be sacked as he went through his usual array of touchline theatrics, clearly revelling in a victory that just about keeps his side in the hunt for a top-four finish and Champions League football.

“I’m the best manager this club has ever seen,” the jocular Sherwood joked with reporters after being asked whether he was the best man for the job despite speculation linking Netherlands World Cup coach Louis van Gaal to the White Hart Lane hot seat.

“I have been given an opportunity to manage this football club and I owe it to the fans... To do the job professionally and I just get on with the job. We got five (goals) and it should have been more. You can’t do too much more than that.”

Two goals from striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who Sherwood restored to the team in the wake of Villas-Boas’s sacking, and a superb display by Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen who chipped in with a goal and two assists, earned Sherwood his 10th win in 17 Premier League games a healthy record for a rookie at this level.