Former Tottenham Hotspur director of football Damien Comolli has advised chairman Daniel Levy to appoint interim coach Tim Sherwood on a permanent basis.

Technical co-ordinator of the Under-21 side, Sherwood will take the reins for the League Cup tie against West Ham United following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas on Monday, alongside Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand.

The ex-Tottenham midfielder is among the contenders to succeed Villas-Boas and having spent five years as a coach at White Hart Lane, Comolli believes he is best placed to lead the club in the long-term future.

"He knows the club, he knows the players and also he buys you time to go through a proper interview process to see who is interested, see who is doing well around Europe, see who you could get out of his contract, and what type of identity and philosophy you want to bring into your football club," Comolli told talkSPORT.

"I think that's the main aspect now and what they need. What are their core values? What type of football do they want to play with which players? And once they decide that they need to get someone in who will stick to that.

"The fans want to see attractive football so who can come in and make the best of this squad? And that is a long-term process that in my view can only happen at the end of the season. So if they can stick with Tim until the end of the season I think they'll be in the best possible shape."

Fabio Capello and Jurgen Klinsmann have also emerged as contenders to fill the hot seat at Tottenham, while former boss Glenn Hoddle is also a realistic candidate despite last holding a managerial position in 2006.

Gary Lineker and Ossie Ardiles have both publically stated their desire to see Hoddle return to Tottenham and a representative for the former England boss says he would be keen to resume his managerial career.

"He [Glenn] is over-qualified as a coach," adviser Harry Harris said. "He has already had his time at Spurs, but he is far more mature and he would be the perfect fit for Spurs, of course he would.

"Ever since I have been associated with him, Glenn has turned down so many jobs and for so much money, it is ludicrous. One of the things he always says is he would have to put his heart and soul into a job to make it work for him and therefore make it work for the team.

"That comes before how much [money is on offer] and most people I meet in this game, certainly managers, ask how much before deciding whether it will work for them.

"With Spurs, there is a genuine affection. He started as a schoolboy there; he became a Spurs icon and then went on to manage Spurs and England. How qualified could you be?

"If I was Daniel Levy, I would be picking up the phone immediately."