Tim Sherwood has be handed the reins on a temporary basis for the next two matches.
The agent of experienced coach Guus Hiddink has ruled the Dutchman out of the running to take over from the recently sacked Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane, according to reports in the Independent.
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The Portuguese was given his marching orders on Monday following the north London club’s stunning 5-0 home loss to rivals Liverpool in the Premier League the previous afternoon.
That surprise result has left Tottenham languishing down in seventh place in the Premier League standings after 16 matches this season, five points off Manchester City in the fourth and final Uefa Champions League qualifying berth for the next campaign.
And after splashing out most of the 100 million euros that they received from the world-record sale of star man Gareth Bale to La Liga giants Real Madrid last summer, the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was expecting far better from the expoensively assembled side that Villas-Boas put together.
But the early favourite to succeed Villas-Boas, former Chelsea boss Hiddink, will not be taking the role on according to his representative.
“I would be surprised if (Hiddink) went to Spurs,” Cees van Nieuwenhuizen told the Press Association.
“I could hardly imagine that happening.
“He has just signed a contract with Holland and he has also turned down offers from other countries recently to coach them at the World Cup so I wouldn’t take any talk of Guus going to Tottenham seriously.”
And it also now looks increasingly unlikely that another veteran coach, one-time England manager Fabio Capello, will be given the job either, despite his previous association with the current Spurs technical director Franco Baldini.