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Tottenham sack Andre Villas-Boas; Tim Sherwood installed as caretaker

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By James McLean

Monday 16 December 2013

Tottenham have sacked coach Andre Villa-Boas following Sunday’s 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool, reports BBC Sport.

Andre Villa-Boas

Villas-Boas was dismissed following an emergency meeting at Enfield on Monday morning. When asked about his future following the club’s worst defeat at White Hart Lane in 16 years, Villas-Boas said he would not resign as he was not a quitter, but chairman Daniel Levy took the decision out of his hands by dispensing with the Portuguese’s services.

A Spurs statement reads: “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. We wish Andre well for the future. We shall make a further announcement in due course.”

While Spurs seek a permanent replacement for the former Chelsea coach former player – and title winner with Blackburn – Tim Sherwood has been placed in charge until potentially the end of the season, though his reign may be shorter if a suitable replacement is found and appointed before then.

Villas-Boas had managed the club since July 2012, and stated when he arrived that he hoped to rebuild his reputation following his dismissal by Chelsea in March that year.

Early contenders for the job are thought to be former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, ex-England manager Fabio Capello and former Spurs player – and, again, former Chelsea boss – Glenn Hoddle, who received an endorsement from Spurs and England legend Gary Lineker, who said on his Twitter account: “Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level. Has a brilliant football mind.”

It was reported just days ago that Spurs were already drawing up a list of potential candidates – though Diego Maradona may prove a bit far fetched for all but the most adventurous of punters out there.

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