Spurs sack AVB

Tottenham have confirmed the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Spurs sack AVB

Tottenham have confirmed the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The Premier League club announced the news on their official website, a day after their 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

That loss appears to have been the final straw for the White Hart Lane board, with the club saying in a brief statement: “The club can announce that agreement has been reached with Head Coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his services.

“The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties.”

After the humiliation by Liverpool, which followed a 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City last month, Villas-Boas had insisted that he would not quit.

The 36-year-old said: “The call to make that decision is not mine, because obviously I won’t resign and I’m not a quitter.

“The only thing I can do is work hard with the players to get them back on track.

“This is a top-four squad but in our Premier League form we are not there.”

Glen Hoddle's name has been linked with the Tottenham job.

The spotlight will now switch to who White Hart Lane chief Daniel Levy will turn to as the Portuguese’s replacement.

Here are some of the likely candidates.

FABIO CAPELLO

The veteran Italian was at White Hart Lane on Sunday and his long-time right-hand man Franco Baldini is the club’s technical director. Capello is currently the coach of Russia and has a World Cup ahead, but may fancy a shot at the Premier League.

FRANCO BALDINI

Baldini has plenty of top-level experience, albeit not as a manager. He has served the likes of Real Madrid and England with Capello, and has signed a lot of the Tottenham squad. If he fancies being a manager, this may be his chance.

MICHAEL LAUDRUP

The Dane is well thought of as a result of the job he has done at Swansea, continuing the good work of previous managers and winning the Capital One Cup last season. Has a reputation for playing good football and would doubtless be a good appointment.

GUUS HIDDINK

Hiddink is a seasoned trouble-shooter and is currently out of work after a well-travelled and successful career – although he will start a second spell with Holland after the World Cup so would only be a short-term fix. Has managed in the Premier League before with Chelsea.

TIM SHERWOOD

A former Spurs midfielder, Sherwood would be something of a left-field choice as he has no managerial experience. Works for the club in a technical coaching role and has the benefit of knowing the players.

ROBERTO DI MATTEO

Has plenty of experience of picking up the pieces of a Villas-Boas job, having replaced him at Chelsea and going on to win the Champions League with his squad of players. Sacked by Chelsea a year ago and has not worked since, but if Spurs want him they may have to move fast as he is being linked with a move to old club West Brom.

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