London - Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle would be interested in
returning to the club to succeed the sacked Andre Villas-Boas, a source
close to him revealed on Tuesday.
Technical coordinator Tim
Sherwood, a former Spurs midfielder, has been placed in interim charge
of first-team affairs following Villas-Boas's dismissal as manager on
Hoddle, 56, has not worked as a manager since leaving
Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006, but he appears eager to return to
Spurs, where he made his name as a player before becoming coach in 2001.
story published on a website co-founded by Hoddle on Tuesday said:
"Zapsportz.com understands that Hoddle will certainly help if the club
makes an approach."
Hoddle has received backing from his former Spurs team-mate Ossie Ardiles, who also managed the club between 1993 and 1994.
"For me, the man for the job is Glenn Hoddle," Ardiles told British radio station talkSPORT.
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."
Villas-Boas's dismissal prompted
Manchester United manager David Moyes to express relief that he has
worked for three clubs that have prioritised patience over quick-fix
Villas-Boas was the fifth Premier League manager to be
sacked this season, but Moyes's position at United appears secure
despite a difficult start to his career at Old Trafford.
50-year-old Scot was also given time to find his feet at previous clubs
Preston North End and Everton, where he spent four and 11 years
respectively, and he says he will always be thankful for that.
makes me realise how lucky I have been at the clubs I have been at,"
said Moyes, ahead of his side's trip to Stoke City in the League Cup
quarter-finals on Wednesday.
"I worked for great people at
Preston, great people at Everton, and my short experience at Manchester
United tells me I am working for really good people here.
"Maybe some of the other managers haven't been as fortunate as I have."
Ham United manager Sam Allardyce, whose side visit White Hart Lane in
the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, said that Villas-Boas had
been given precious little time to assimilate the seven new players
signed by Spurs during the close season.
"To get the team playing
together as a team and understanding each other in such a short period
of time is nearly impossible," he said.
"You would have to be a
miracle worker to get everyone functioning to the best of their ability
when they have just arrived from a foreign country into a different
culture that they have never played in before."
Thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool in the Premier League last weekend, Spurs return to league action at Southampton on Sunday.
will be without captain Michael Dawson and midfielder Paulinho, both of
whom are suspended, against West Ham, while holding player Sandro is
expected to be out for around a week with a calf problem.