Tottenham have appointed caretaker manager Tim Sherwood as head coach on a permanent basis.

Former technical co-ordinator Sherwood, 44, had overseen two games during his temporary stint - a loss to West Ham in the Capital One Cup, followed by a convincing 3-2 win over Southampton - and has seemingly done enough to convince the Tottenham board that he is the man to take the club forward long-term, having been offered a deal until the end of the 2014/15 season.

He has been a member of the coaching staff at Spurs since 2008, during Harry Redknapp's reign, but has no previous managerial experience.

During his playing career he made over 100 appearances for Tottenham, as well as earning three caps for England. His knowledge of the club was cited by chairman Daniel Levy as one of the reasons he has been selected to fill the vacancy left by Andre Villas-Boas' departure just over a week ago.

Levy told Tottenham's club website: "We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the Club's best interests."

He added: "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."

Other big name managers had been linked with the vacancy, such as Fabio Capello, Louis Van Gaal and Glenn Hoddle, but Spurs have taken a risk in opting for the inexperienced Englishman. 

His first game in full-time charge will be against managerless West Brom on Boxing Day.

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