Tim Sherwood’s future as Tottenham Hotspur manager may be less than certain, but his side’s comprehensive 5-1 Premier League of defeat of Sunderland on Monday night means the fate of Gus Poyet’s side is becoming increasingly clear.
The pre-match build-up was dominated by media reports that Sherwood would be replaced this summer, regardless of how results went between now and the end of the campaign.
By that reckoning, this impressive comeback win will have little impact on his future, although the same cannot be said for Poyet's Sunderland, who may have two games in hand on many of their rivals but languish at the bottom of the table and are seven points adrift of safety.
Before the match, Sherwood insisted it was “business as usual” at Spurs and that his players should not be affected by the speculation, although their minds appeared elsewhere as they gifted Sunderland the opener.
Collecting a poor return ball from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Vlad Chiriches played a terrible square ball straight into the path of Lee Cattermole, who impressively slotted home his first Sunderland goal to the ire of the home support.
Wes Brown had headed just wide before that, but it was Spurs who had dominated the play and they duly drew level when Emmanuel Adebayor snuck in at the back post to bundle home a Christian Eriksen cross.
Tottenham continued to knock on the door as half-time approached to no avail. The home fans would not be frustrated for long, though, as Kane prodded home his first Premier League goal just before the hour to give Spurs a deserved lead.
Eriksen provided that assist and got a deserved goal of his own with 12 minutes remaining, before Adebayor tucked home his second goal and substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson struck in stoppage time to put a smile on Sherwood’s face at the end of a tough day.