In a move that won't surprise any Spurs supporters, Tottenham Hotspur have named technical coordinator Tim Sherwood as head coach for the League Cup quarterfinal match against West Ham United. Sherwood spent four years at the club as a player and has been on staff since 2008, when he took a coaching position under Harry Redknapp. Before being named technical coordinator, he had a stint managing the Under-21 side.
Matt Hughes had the story for The Times (paywall), and on Twitter, he suggested that Sherwood could stick around for a while.
Tim Sherwood to take charge of #Tottenham's Cap One Cup tie v West Ham Ham and may be given job until the end of the season— Matt Hughes (@MattHughesTimes) December 16, 2013
If Tottenham's first or second choice managerial appointment doesn't come through for them mid-season -- which is a very distinct possibility -- it would make sense to go with an internal solution on an interim basis so that Daniel Levy can hire the boss he really wants come summer. However, if things don't improve or get worse with Sherwood at the helm, there are going to be a lot of very frustrated fans at White Hart Lane.
Update: Tottenham has clarified the roles of the staff.
We can announce that Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand will take charge of the First Team whilst the Club progresses discussions.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2013
Steffen Freund and Tony Parks continue as part of the coaching staff.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2013
Jose Mario Rocha, Luis Martins and Daniel Sousa leave the coaching staff and we wish them well for the future.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2013