Tim Sherwood has begun his tenure at White Hart Lane in commendable fashion and punctuated his strong start with a slaying of Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier in the week.
He now takes his Tottenham Hotspur team to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, January 4 to compete against Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup, but the affable Londoner has had to field accusations that he is a long-time Gunners supporter.
At a media conference today, Friday, Sherwood said: 'I always maintain and I've been asked this a million times… I'm from North London and will support the team I represent. I wear my heart for the club and that club is Tottenham, at the moment.'
For some, that may not sound convincing, particularly as Sherwood has previously mentioned that he is, in fact, an Arsenal fan and that his father goes to the Emirates Stadium every week. On Sport & Leisure TV, he added: 'I always like to see them [Arsenal] do well.'
Regardless of allegiance when he was younger, Sherwood has remained a loyal servant to Spurs having represented them as a professional for four years, before joining them in a coaching capacity in 2008 before, ultimately, receiving his promotion to head coach in December, last month.
As a North Londoner, Sherwood is well aware what this derby means for the local communities and, indeed, for a global audience and has pledged to give the Lilywhite support the respect they deserve by selecting a team capable of returning to N17 from N5 with the victory and fourth round progression.
He said: 'When that name comes out the hat and it's Arsenal, there's no respite [of action from the Premier League, as other managers may imply], they're the biggest club for this football club. So we'll give the competition the respect, and our fans the respect, to take a team there and try and win the game.'
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