Agony: Andre Villas-Boas did things his way at Spurs and it ultimately cost him his job
ANDRE Villas-Boas's time in charge of Tottenham Hotspur came to an end yesterday morning when he told chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini that he would not select Emmanuel Adebayor, despite his side's chronic lack of goals.
The three men had met at White Hart Lane in the immediate aftermath of the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday night and agreed to meet again the following morning.
In the course of their conversation yesterday it was intimated to Villas-Boas that he might wish to try a different, more attacking approach to solve the failure to score more than 15 goals in 16 league games.
Although Adebayor (right) was not mentioned by either Levy or Baldini, the Portuguese head coach took it to be a suggestion that he should recall the Togolese striker. He said that there would be no possibility of him recalling the striker, who has played just 45 minutes this season – the second half of the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City.
That was the tipping point for Levy to take the decision to sack the 36-year-old head coach. There has been a feeling at the club that Villas-Boas's behaviour has suggested he has been challenging them to sack him – with his reluctance to budge on certain issues.
The club are minded to appoint Tim Sherwood, currently the club's technical co-ordinator, overseeing the development teams, until the end of the season.
They confirmed last night that Sherwood will be in charge for tomorrow's Capital One Cup quarter-final at home to West Ham and the league game at Southampton on Sunday. He is yet to decide whether he wants the job long-term.
Sherwood, a former Spurs midfielder, who was capped three times for England, is well-regarded at Spurs. He will be given the opportunity to make the position his own.
As a long-term champion of the club's home-grown contingent, that is likely to mean more game time for Andros Townsend and potentially even a recall in January for Tom Carroll from his loan at Queen's Park Rangers.
Despite the tensions over the signing of the seven players this summer – Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho and Vlad Chiriches – the club have always maintained that buying the players this summer was done as a team effort.
Villas-Boas is expected to be paid up on a contract that ran to the end of next season.
There is no possibility of Baldini championing a move for Fabio Capello. Although the two worked together for the Football Association during Capello's time in charge of the England team, their connection is not particularly strong.
A more likely contender, should Spurs appoint from outside the club this summer, would be the Ajax coach Frank de Boer.
Guus Hiddink's agent has ruled his Dutchman out of the running – he is taking over as Holland coach after the World Cup.
Cees van Nieuwenhuizen said: "I would be surprised if (Hiddink) went to Spurs. I could hardly imagine that happening.
"He has just signed a contract with Holland and he has also turned down offers from other countries recently to coach them at the World Cup so I wouldn't take any talk of Guus going to Tottenham seriously."
A Tottenham statement last night said: "The club can announce that Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand will take charge of the first team whilst the club progresses discussions.
Steffen Freund and Tony Parks continue as part of the coaching staff. Jose Mario Rocha, Luis Martins and Daniel Sousa leave the coaching staff and we wish them well for the future."
Hoddle – a Tottenham great as a player – managed the club between 2001 and 2003 but has been out of management since he left Wolves in 2006.
But Lineker feels that now is the time for him to make a return.
England's record goalscorer wrote on Twitter: "AVB has been sacked by Spurs. Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level. Has a brilliant football mind."
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who led his side to a 6-0 thrashing of Spurs in the league last month which also contributed to Villas-Boas' dismissal, said: "Always when a manager is sacked, I am surprised, especially when it is an important manager. He is a very young manager, he has done very well with all the teams (he has managed) – Porto and here in England.
"He didn't have time in both clubs but I am absolutely sure he will continue his career."
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, a former Spurs player and coach, agreed Villas-Boas did not get the time he needed to mould his team.
He said: "Nothing surprises me in football. Now, it's not nice. From the managers' point of view no, it is not nice.
"We always want time, especially when you have just made a new team with plenty of new faces. Without any doubt, you need time.
"But I don't know the reasons, so it's difficult to analyse."
Poyet has been touted as a possible candidate to replace the Portuguese in recent weeks, but he insists he is concentrating only on the task of dragging the Black Cats out of relegation trouble.
He said: "It's always flattering, but I just came here and I am concentrating here. My aim when I go to a place is to think very quickly about the first team and then slowly, long term.
"It's the way I am, I try to see how I can help the whole club, so I am doing that, concentrating here.
"Yes, I follow the news, of course, but it's no problem."