Sherwood stakes claim for Tottenham job

Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:24pm EST
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By Michael Hann

LONDON, Dec 20 - Tim Sherwood staked his claim to be Tottenham Hotspur's next permanent manager on Friday as he prepared for his second match in temporary charge since Andre Villas-Boas was sacked this week.

The former Spurs midfielder, who has been involved with coaching the club's young players since 2008, was put in control of the first team for Wednesday's League Cup defeat by West Ham United and will take the side to Southampton on Sunday.

Quite what chairman Daniel Levy has in mind for the north London club is unclear, however, with Sherwood saying he is still to sit down and talk about his future but the 44-year-old Sherwood was in confident mood on Friday.

"I know all about the football club, I've played here - it is my club," he told a news conference. "I know what the supporters want and I know what they demand.

"I know the players who we have got here, I know the good young talent that's coming through the club.

"The club and the manager have to be compatible, it's not always about the biggest name, you might do well at another club, but you might not do well at this one.

"If it was down to me I'm getting a 10-year contract now. But football doesn't work like that, it's all about getting results."   Continued...

Tottenham Hotspur caretaker manager Tim Sherwood watches their English League Cup soccer match against West Ham United at White Hart Lane, London, December 18, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning