Tim Sherwood
Sherwood took charge of the cup defeat to West Ham.

Tottenham Hotspur temporary boss Tim Sherwood believes several big name managers are in the frame to replace Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane.

Sherwood has been placed in caretaker charge after Villas-Boas was dismissed on Monday, but began his tenure with defeat to West Ham United in the League Cup.

The technical co-ordinator of the Under-21 side is likely to take charge of the Premier League trip to Southampton on Sunday with Tottenham no closer to appointing a successor.

Fabio Capello, Michael Laudrup and Glenn Hoddle have been mentioned as potential candidates for the role and Sherwood – who is under consideration himself - has confirmed several big-name bosses are in contention for the position.

"On Monday morning I was going out to take the development squad training, but after meeting the chairman [Daniel Levy] I had to switch my plans to the first-team," explained Sherwood. "That's the first I knew of it.

"We're due to have discussions [about his future in the role], but we've got to wait and see. There are a lot of big names in the frame and it all depends on who the chairman thinks is the right choice.

"There are a lot of fantastic managers out there, but it's all about finding the right one who suits our club, they've got to be compatible.

"I've enjoyed it so far, it's new for me and it's a new voice for the players - I'm trying to get the best out of them. It's difficult to get the message across, about how I want them to play, in a short space of time but we'll try our best."

Capello was pictured in the crowd as a guest of technical director Franco Baldini during the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool and was earlier this week the evens favourite to takeover at Tottenham.

However, after being endorsed by Tottenham legends Gary Lineker and Ossie Ardiles, former boss Glenn Hoddle is rapidly becoming a realistic candidate however has been out of management for seven years.

Guus Hiddink, who will take charge of the Dutch national team after the 2014 World Cup, and Swansea City boss Laudrup are the other leading challengers as chairman Daniel Levy goes in search of the eighth different manager of his tenure in north London.