Tim Sherwood faced a barrage of questions about his future at the club following their 5-1 routing of Sunderland.

His future was thrown into doubt by speculation that he is going to be replaced in the summer.

When asked about what had changed at the club he said: “Nothing has changed, I have had a chat about next season and players I have identified.

“It doesn’t affect me, I am professional and I have been given the opportunity to manage this football club and I owe it to the players and fans to do the job professionally and that’s what I did tonight.”

Sherwood’s side gifted Sunderland an early lead when Vlad Chiriches passed Lee Cattermole the ball who slotted it into an empty net and the Spurs boss said his side are making a habit of giving soft goals away.

He said: “We are making a habit of this and we need to stop that. But, we controlled the game after that, stayed patient and we moved it around and got our offensive players on the ball in the right areas.

“It was the most dominant football match you are ever going to see. It was five and it should have been more.”

Given an 18-month contract in December 2013, Sherwood was asked if the club is entitled to look around for other managers.

He said: “I think every club would look for the next one, it’s like with players you always look to see who can come in and replace a player but I don’t know if this club has been doing that.

“All I know is that any questions regarding my employment, you have to ask my employers really.”

His side responded to an early setback with five goals in a game dominated by midfielder Christian Eriksen who scored and assisted two.

Sherwood said: “He is a great lad he gets on with it. He doesn’t just take part in it but he is out there and he affects it. He scores and he assists and he trains magnificently well and he is still a kid who will only get better.”