Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has fired a warning at potential replacement Frank de Boer by insisting he would be a hard act to follow.
Sherwood took charge at White Hart Lane in December, and having failed to challenge for Champions League qualification and overseen the north London club's exit from three separate competitions, is still likely to be replaced in the summer.
Recent reports have suggested that De Boer is the most likely man to be in charge of Tottenham next year, with the 43-year-old and his club confirming an approach from Spurs - something which the north London club subsequently denied.
Sherwood said earlier this week after the story broke that one side must be 'telling porkies', and admitted he was no closer to getting to the bottom of the situation.
However he had some advice for De Boer if he does replace him, insisting that the former Barcelona defender has his work cut out to a better job than him.
When asked about comments made by Ronald de Boer about his brother's ability to build something special at Tottenham, he replied: "It is quite similar to what I would do to if I had the job,"
"I don't think he is too interested in looking at what I am doing already because if he did then he would see he has got a hard act to follow."
Sherwood currently boasts a better win percentage than any other Spurs boss in the Premier League era. He can help Tottenham equal their record points haul of last season with victories in their last two games, and his side didn't taste defeat in April, which earned him a manger of the month nod.
The 45-year-old insists however that he will not the speculation affect his job, and says he will give everything he's got to get six points from Spurs' remaining fixtures.
"What am I going to do? I'm not going to roll up and die, I'm just going to get on with my job, which is to try and prepare my team to win football matches and whatever will be will be," he said.
"I've just got to carry on with my business, show my personal pride and professionalism and make sure that those lads are prepared to win for the team and for the fans and for this great club.
"It's not only me, I've got two coaches with me, Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey, who have given a lot of time to this club over the years. I think possibly 30 years between us. It's a lot of time, a lot of effort and the club's been good to us in that time as well. What will happen at the end of the season, who knows?
"But one thing we can assure the club is that we've always been honest with them and we'll always give 100 per cent maximum to achieve what we need to achieve, whether that's in the development phase or now within the first team."
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