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Spurs coach Ferdinand: Sherwood right to question players' bottle

Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand says manager Tim Sherwood is right to blast the players publicly.

Ferdinand believes that any player who cannot accept being called "gutless," by his manager probably shouldn't be in the dressing room in the first place.

"Do you know what? The one thing I always wanted from managers was honesty," Ferdinand told the Sunday Express.

"Players need to stand up. They need to understand.

"I've heard a lot of people saying Tim did the wrong thing criticising them.

"No he hasn't. He said it was a gutless performance. If you're sitting in that changing room, you are going to look at yourself and ask - was I gutless today?

"Straight after that game, 99 per cent of the fans would have agreed with what Tim said. One hundred per cent of those who'd paid to be there.

"Some of the players won't think they were gutless. The ones that realise they were going to take it on board. And learn from it. Sometimes, footballers have to ask themselves questions.

"Tim is direct, open and honest. Sometimes, people can't deal with that.

"But that is the way he wants to manage. The players are always going to know where they stand."

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