Glenn Hoddle has said he would like to return to White Hart Lane for another spell as manager, saying Tottenham are “in my blood and bones.”
Hoddle played nearly 400 times for Spurs in the 1970s and 80s and was manager between 2001 and 2003 before being sacked.
Now working as a pundit for Sky Sports, he said during coverage of Tottenham’s 3-2 win at Southampton on Sunday that he wanted to succeed the sacked Andre Villas-Boas.
"I would want to go back," he said. "It's in my blood and my bones. Even if they felt they wanted me to go to the end of the season and wanted something else long term, I would be prepared to do that for the sake of the football club."
Former Spurs and England striker Gary Lineker gave his backing to Hoddle, writing on Twitter: "Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level, has a brilliant football mind."
AVB has been sacked by Spurs. Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level. Has a brilliant football mind.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 16, 2013
Another former Spurs player, Tim Sherwood, is in temporary charge while the search for a successor to Villas-Boas takes place -- and the 44-year-old has also said he wants the job.
Ajax manager Frank de Boer and former England boss Fabio Capello have both been linked with the vacancy, as has Luis van Gaal, who will step down as Netherlands manager after next summer's World Cup.