Tim Sherwood
Sherwood has risks the wrath of the Spurs hierarchy.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood is adamant he will dictate the club's summer transfer dealings this summer and not chairman Daniel Levy.

Levy oversaw the addition of seven new players last summer, alongside former boss Andre Villas-Boas, to supplement the loss of Gareth Bale but the club are seven points adrift of the Champions League places with eight games remaining.

After an uncertain spell at Tottenham Sherwood, who agreed an 18-month deal in December, could be replaced in the summer with outgoing Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal among the candidates for the post.

Nevertheless, Sherwood has already started planning ahead of the summer transfer window despite the doubt over his position and is keen to marginalise Levy in the signing of new players.

"Nobody else will come in here unless I sanction it," Sherwood said defiantly ahead of the Europa League last 16 second leg against Benfica in Lisbon.

"You can't work any other way. The manager has got to work with the players so, unless he gets the players he wants, it's always going to be an uphill task.

"He will always have the excuse of 'well they're not my players'. I'm sure it's [the policy in the past] been thorough. Someone else has made those decisions in the past. I've not been privy to it. I know the type of players I want to improve the group and take it forward to next season.

"I think we have to make sure we see a lot more of these guys before they come in, not just the highlights, because we've got to make sure we do our recruitment job on them. My future's out of my hands but I believe I'll be here next year. I'm planning for next season. The players are playing for their futures."

Among the players linked with a summer move to Tottenham is Dnipro and Ukraine international Yevhen Konoplyanka and Levy is understood to have already held discussions regarding the 24 year old moving to White Hart Lane.

But Sherwood is lukewarm over the idea of the winger arriving in north London ahead of next season - another indication he will not allow decisions over new players to be made for him.

"Not at the moment," the Tottenham boss added. "He showed some nice touches but there are a lot of players around with nice touches."