Fabio Capello
Capello is the favourite to succeed Villas-Boas.[Reuters]

Fabio Capello has claimed no-one from Tottenham has contacted him about the vacant managerial position, even though he is the favourite to succeed Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane.

Bookmakers have made Capello, currently coach of the Russian national team, their favourite for the Tottenham job ahead of Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, Ajax boss Frank De Boer, former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo and Dutch veteran Guus Hiddink.

However, in an interview with Spanish radio station OndaCero last night, Capello suggested that he did not even know Villas-Boas had been sacked.

"I did not know. I was travelling around the whole day. I arrived in Russia late and I had a dinner with people from the national team and I did not know anything," Capello said.

Asked whether he agreed with Daniel Levy's decision to fire Villas-Boas, Capello added:

"I do not know. Tottenham had spent a lot of money last summer, they spent all the money they earned from Gareth Bale's deal and they thought that they were going to become a team ready to win titles. For that reason I think that they have decided to make a change."

Tim Sherwood has taken charge of Tottenham in an interim role until they appoint a new long-term manager and Capello is the bookies' favourite due to his good relationship with Spurs technical director Franco Baldini, who was his Number 2 with the England national team.

Nevertheless, the temptation of taking Russia to the 2014 World Cup may douse any interest from Capello's camp in the vacancy at Spurs.

Although Capello's time at England ended in disappointment, after he resigned due to FA's decision to remove John Terry as England captain, he is one of the world's most revered club managers thanks to spells at Milan, Juventus, Roma and Real Madrid.