LONDON (AP) — Tottenham appointed the inexperienced Tim Sherwood as head coach on Monday until the end of next season in a surprise move by the north London club, a week after Andre Villas-Boas was fired.
The 44-year-old Englishman had not previously managed a team until being moved from his technical coordinator job at Tottenham to become interim manager last Monday.
It has been a mixed week for Sherwood, whose first match saw Tottenham beaten in the League Cup by West Ham on Wednesday before he oversaw a 3-2 victory at Southampton in the Premier League.
The win took Tottenham just six points behind leader Liverpool with the best away record in the Premier League, showing the potential in a team that has been reconstructed following the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
Sherwood was uncertain on Sunday if he would even remain in charge for Thursday's match against West Bromwich Albion, although a short-term deal until the end of the season seemed most likely.
But after several leading managers ruled themselves out of taking the job, chairman Daniel Levy has gambled by entrusting the club's top coaching job to a novice.