Glenn Hoddle is ready to return to football management with Tottenham, if approached by the club in the wake of the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.

Tim Sherwood has been placed in interim charge of Spurs, while Hoddle, Fabio Capello and Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino have emerged as contenders for the position.

Former England boss Hoddle was in charge at Spurs between 2001 and 2003 but has not been in club management since Wolves in 2006.

Former Tottenham owner Sir Alan Sugar, ex-Spurs striker Gary Lineker and Hoddle's former Spurs team-mate Ossie Ardiles have all voiced their backing for the 56-year-old's appointment.

Villas-Boas was concerned over Sherwood’s influence behind the scenes at the club long before he was sacked."

Harry Harris

Villas-Boas was sacked after Sunday's 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool, with Sherwood placed in temporary charge.

Sherwood, who is already on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane as technical co-ordinator, is to take control of Spurs in an interim role, beginning with Wednesday night's Capital One Cup quarter-final at home against West Ham.

His interim position could be extended for a longer period depending on the club's search for a permanent successor.

Sherwood has a strong relationship with chairman Daniel Levy, as does assistant manager Steffen Freund, and is thought to be putting himself forward as a potential candidate for the permanent post.

Sources close to BT Sport claim Villas-Boas was concerned over Sherwood’s influence behind the scenes at the club long before he was sacked and would have liked to have moved the 44-year-old out last summer, when the Portuguese boss was being pursued by French giants Paris St Germain.

It is also believed Villas-Boas was opposed in principle to the summer appointment of assistant head coach Steffan Freund but finally agreed with Levy and the Spurs board for it to go ahead.

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