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Tim Sherwood tipped for Tottenham Hotspur job

By Robert Jones

Tim Sherwood will be given the chance to succeed André Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur – and has now been installed as favourite to land the job on a full-time basis.

Spurs have turned to their technical coordinator and former club captain to oversee first-team affairs following the dismissal of the Portuguese.

'AVB' got his marching orders in the wake of the 5-0 thrashing at home to Liverpool on Sunday but the end came when he refused to consider striker Emmanuel Adebayor for the team, despite the chronic lack of goals in the current first XI.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was also unconvinced that Villas-Boas could deliver Champions League qualification this season despite the club having spent £107m in the last transfer window.

Sherwood was on the Spurs coaching staff during the Harry Redknapp era and his impressive progress with the junior sides has convinced Levy to give him a chance at first-team level.

He will be assisted by Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey for the Capital One Cup quarter-final against West Ham and Sunday's trip to Southampton.

Many names of potential successors to Villas-Boas were bandied around yesterday.

Among them were former England manager Fabio Capello and ex-Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann, who are expected to be leading Russia and the USA respectively into next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil. Others attracting interest with the bookies include Ajax manager Frank de Boer, Swansea's Michael Laudrup and Mauricio Pochettino, who has turned Southampton into the surprise team of the season.

But it's Sherwood who is out in front at the moment, with Paddy Power quoting him at 3/1.

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