London - Tim Sherwood was confirmed on Monday night as Tottenham head coach until the end of the 2014-15 season - on the back of one victory.
The 44-year-old former Spurs captain was given the role of replacing sacked Andre Villas-Boas by chairman Daniel Levy, who will hope the club’s technical co-ordinator can build on Sunday’s 3-2 success at Southampton and re-focus Tottenham’s stumbling season over the Christmas and New Year period.
Levy said: ‘We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the club’s best interests. 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.’Spurs also confirmed that Chris Ramsey, Les Ferdinand and Steffen Freund complete the first team coaching set-up as they try to improve on their current seventh place.
Holland manager Louis van Gaal, 62, is also understood to have been approached but he will not consider doing two jobs ahead of the World Cup, meaning Spurs would have had to wait until the summer.Sherwood, preparing for home games against West Bromwich (Boxing Day) and Stoke (Sunday), has made his mark by laying down the law with a new set of rules for the Spurs players.
At his first training session, he took two players to task for turning up late. Defender Danny Rose said: ‘People may think that Tim is not a big name or doesn’t have a big CV but you know he will take no nonsense.
‘His first training session, a couple of lads rolled out on to the training pitch late and he got us in a circle and said it was unacceptable. Tim set out some new rules and you know not to mess with him, and that’s good. When he speaks, you’ve got to listen.’ Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen was flown to Belgium for treatment on his injured ankle. Vertonghen is banking on specialist Lieven Maesschalck - who recently worked with West Ham striker Andy Carroll - to speed up his recovery.