Tim Sherwood has been handed the role of head coach at Spurs on a full-time basis. The 44 year old former England midfielder has been interim boss for two games since the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas, and after Sunday's 3-2 win at Southampton, he has now been granted an 18 month contract.

Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy told the club website: "We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward."

Sherwood played for Spurs between 1999 and 2003, returning to White Hart Lane in 2008 as part of then manager Harry Redknapp's coaching staff. He was working as technical co-ordinator when asked to take charge of matches in the wake of the sacking of Villas-Boas.

This is Sherwood's first taste of management, and he will now be tasked with taking Spurs, who currently sit 7th in the table, closer to the premier league summit, and in to the champions league qualification spots.

Before Sherwood's appointment, other managers who had been linked with the position included Fabio Capello, Gus Hiddink, Glenn Hoddle and Louis van Gaal.

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