Tim Sherwood named Tottenham head coach

Tim Sherwood has been confirmed as the new Tottenham head coach until the end of the 2014-15 season.

The 44-year-old former Spurs captain was given the role of replacing sacked Andre Villas-Boas by chairman Daniel Levy, who will hope the club’s technical co-ordinator can build on Sunday’s 3-2 success at Southampton and re-focus Tottenham’s stumbling season over the Christmas and New Year period.

He spent four years as a player at White Hart Lane and has spent the last five years as a coach, working his way through the club's hierarchy.

The club released a statement on its website on Monday evening stating:
“Following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas, the club can announce that Tim Sherwood has been appointed head coach with a contract to the end of the 2014/15 season.”
Chairman Daniel Levy added: ‘We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the club’s best interests. We have a great squad and we owe them a head coach who will bring out the best in them and allow them to flourish and enjoy a strong, exciting finish to the season.

‘We are in the fortunate position of having within our club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood. We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward.’

Sherwood emerged a something of a shock frontrunner for the job over weekend after being named interim manager of the north London club following the sacking of Andre-Villas Boas last week.

Other names linked with the post included Glenn Hoddle and Louis van Gaal.