After a string of conflicting reports, Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the appointment of Tim Sherwood as head coach.
UPDATE: The club has confirmed it has appointed Tim Sherwood head coach with a contract to the end of the 2014/15 season. The club confirmed the news via its Twitter account:
The Club can announce that Tim Sherwood has been appointed Head Coach with a contract to the end of the 2014/15 season
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 23, 2013
Chairman, Daniel Levy, said: “We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the Club’s best interests.
“We have a great squad and we owe them a Head Coach who will bring out the best in them and allow them to flourish and enjoy a strong, exciting finish to the season.
“We are in the fortunate position of having within our Club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood.
“We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward.”
Chris Ramsey, Les Ferdinand and Steffen Freund complete the First Team Coaching set up.
It is unknown if talks with Van Gaal and possible other replacements have been terminated at this point.
Reports are emerging that Tim Sherwood will see through the rest of the season as Tottenham’s caretaker manager.
Despite Spurs being linked with a host of established managers, Tim Sherwood looks set to take the reins at White Hart Lane for the remainder of the season.
Meanwhile, over in the Netherlands newspaper De Telegraaf is reporting that Louis van Gaal looks set to join Tottenham at the start of the 2014-15 season. The newspaper understands Sherwood will step aside and will join Van Gaal’s technical staff as assistant coach.
According to the paper’s sources, Spurs regard Sherwood as a custodian of the club’s philosophy and core values. Tottenham’s intention is to groom Sherwood for the hot seat, whilst being assistant of Van Gaal over the next two to three seasons.
Last week Sherwood seemed adamant he was not interested in an assistant’s role:
“It’s not for me, to be honest, I wouldn’t want that,” he said when asked if he would accept the position of assistant to another new manager.
However, it is believed the opportunity to work alongside one of the game’s greats like Van Gaal, and the prospect of taking over the role of head coach in the future, has swayed Sherwood’s reluctance to take a role as number two.
Sherwood’s appointment as caretaker manager has proved vital for Tottenham to be able to strike a deal with Van Gaal, who was unwilling to take control at the club with immediate effect. Van Gaal is still coach of the Dutch national team and will take Oranje to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. With Sherwood in place, it enabled Daniel Levy to discuss the option of joining at the start of next season with the Dutch manager.