Sherwood out to stake his claim

Tim Sherwood hopes to have a swift impact on managerless Tottenham and avenge the disappointing loss to West Ham when the teams meet in tonight’s Capital One Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane (kick-off 7:45pm).

Interim boss Sherwood takes charge for the first time bidding to banish the memory of recent performances and show he is a long-term candidate to succeed Andre Villas-Boas.

The former club captain is eager for his side to show their quality against the Hammers, who beat Spurs 3-0 in the Premier League in October in one of a number of results which resulted in Villas-Boas’ sacking on Monday.

“When you lose your manager it’s a change and you’ve got to listen to a different voice, but I’m hoping to get a few messages across in a short space of time so we can get a positive result against West Ham,” Sherwood said.

“It’s a huge game, especially on the back of what they did to us at the Lane. It was disappointing.

“We have to get out there on the front foot and we have to impose ourselves on them as soon as we can.”

Sherwood, who is already on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane, is to take charge in an interim role which could be extended for a longer period depending on the club’s search for a permanent successor.

Former England bosses Fabio Capello and Glenn Hoddle as well as Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino have emerged as contenders for the vacancy in recent days.

It emerged yesterday that Hoddle is ready to return to football management with Tottenham, if approached by the club.

Former England boss Hoddle was in charge at Spurs between 2001 and 2003 but has not been in club management since Wolves in 2006.

A story on a website co-founded by Hoddle suggested he is awaiting a call from White Hart Lane. “Zapsportz.com understands that Hoddle will certainly help if the club makes an approach.”

Former Spurs team-mate Ossie Ardiles is among those backing Hoddle’s appointment.

“For me, the man for the job is Glenn Hoddle,” Ardiles said.

“I think he is a wonderful manager and he is a lot more mature, so I think he will be a wonderful choice.

“He knows everything about the Premier League and Spurs especially.”

In the short-term, Sherwood must instantly add steel to the style at Spurs to placate a club hierarchy frustrated at recent results following a £100 million summer outlay, financed in no small part due to the world-record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

Their opponents tonight have just two wins in 10 matches in all competitions since the win at Spurs and are languishing near the foot of the Premier League, with Sam Allardyce’s position precarious.

Sherwood hopes the Hammers will be distracted by the need to preserve their top-flight status when they visit, but knows the threat is clear following the reverse on October 6.

“Hopefully they’ve got their concentration on Premier League safety rather than the cup tomorrow night,” he added.

“We have to be patient. They got bodies behind the ball and tried to catch us on the counter-attack.

“We’re aware of that. Let’s just hope we can impose ourselves on them nice and early, get the crowd behind us and really be up and at them.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham have moved to remind supporters that bad behaviour will not be tolerated at a fixture which has a history of transgressions from the terraces.


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