Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Lineker has criticised Tim Sherwood following the Spurs boss' comments in regards to the performances of his players.
As Sherwood's side prepare to host Benfica in the Europa League clash on Thursday, the Spurs manager made his frustrations no secret following last week's embarrassing 4-0 defeat against rivals Chelsea.
The 45-year-old admitted his squad are playing for their futures at the club and asked them to prove their worth, but Lineker has claimed that Sherwood spoke out of turn and was wrong to publicly execute the team.
"Fascinating, honest but ultimately, I feel, unwise public condemnation of his own players by Tim Sherwood. Private, always the best way," he said on his official Twitter account.
"There is no quicker way to lose the confidence and trust of your players than to slag them off publicly."
It isn't the first time the duo have clashed, with Lineker's criticism of Sherwood's team choice ahead of the Chelsea defeat becoming a talking point in the post-match press conference.
However, the Spurs manager was reluctant to get involved in a war of words and distanced himself from the situation.
Since taken the reigns at White Hart Lane after André Villas-Boas was relieved of his duties, Sherwood hasn't been shy to criticise his players.
But with his sometimes-outspoken views causing a stir, it remains to be seen whether Tottenham will honour the contract that keeps him at the North London club until 2015.
Dutch duo Frank de Boer and Louis Van Gaal have been tipped as potential replacements for Sherwood if his relationship with chairman Daniel Levy worsens.
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