ESPN FC: Spurs search for new manager
Tim Sherwood has confirmed that he wants to be the next permanent Tottenham manager -- but said he had been given no assurances that he will still be in charge after Sunday's game at Southampton.
Sherwood took charge of Tottenham's 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to West Ham, the club's first game after the departure of Andre Villas-Boas.
The former Tottenham midfielder said he accepted his spell as manager could be brief, but he would not be interested in working alongside a more experienced manager if chairman Daniel Levy opts to appoint a new man in the coming days.
"If it was down to me, I'm getting a ten-year contract now -- but football doesn't work like that," he said.
"It's all about getting the results. I listen to managers all the time talking about the 'project', but the project is you win games or get sacked. End of story.
"I hope to have a chat with the chairman. I'm obviously taking the game on Sunday, but the games come thick and fast around Christmas, so I don't know when we are going to get that [meeting] in."
Frank de Boer, Ronald Koeman, Glenn Hoddle and Mauricio Pochettino are some of the names being linked with the White Hart Lane job, but Sherwood suggested finding the right fit for the club was more important than the status of the next manager.
"It's not always about the biggest name," he said. "A manager might have done well at another club, but he might not do well at this one.
"So it's up to the chairman and the board to make the correct decision that is right for the long-term future of this club. It's not good to keep changing managers.
They [the managers being linked with Tottenham] are all good guys, all good managers, but the club and the manager have to be compatible."
Sherwood went on to outline his case for being given the job, saying he believed his lack of managerial experience was compensated for by his knowledge of how the club operates.
"I know what the supporters want, I know what they demand," he explained. "But it isn't my decision to make the appointments, and I have to respect the men making the decision.
"I know the players we have got here, and I know the good young talent coming through the club. We need to determine what long-term success is at this football club. That is something that the powers that be need to decide."
Sherwood confirmed that Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul were still some way short of fitness, while the club are awaiting the results of a scan on the hamstring injury suffered by Andros Townsend against West Ham.