Tim Sherwood makes stinging accusation at Tottenham surrounding pursuit of van Gaal

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says Tottenham lied to him last season.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has slammed Tottenham over their treatment of him last season, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

Sherwood, who played 93 games for Tottenham as a midfielder, ended up becoming their manager in December 2013 on a deal until the end of the 2013/14 season.

However, despite his now famous 50% win percentage at White Hart Lane, Spurs let him go last summer in order to lure Mauricio Pochettino from Southampton as their new manager.

Some believed that Sherwood was hard-done by at the time, though Tottenham's performances under Pochettino suggest that Spurs made the right decision after all.

Sherwood was out of work for around nine months, before returning to the Premier League as Villa boss following the departure of Paul Lambert in February, and is now charged with the task of keep Villa in the Premier League.

The struggling Villains drew 3-3 with QPR on Tuesday night, but now travel to face Tottenham this weekend as Sherwood returns to his former club for the first time.

Ahead of Sherwood's reunion, the ex-Spurs boss has slammed his former employers for secretly pursuing Louis van Gaal behind his back - despite saying they hadn't pursued anybody else.

"It is not protocol. It is not what is done. But it is not up to the manager to make that decision, it is up to the club," said Sherwood.

"Tottenham denied they made any contact with managers, but the managers were publicly coming out saying they were being contacted. Someone was telling porkies. I think they certainly earmarked him (Van Gaal) as a manager for Tottenham and he kept his options open, didn’t he?" he added.

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