BT Sport understands that interim Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood will try and force Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy into a decision over the full-time role at White Hart Lane, insisting that he will not keep the seat warm for another candidate.
Dutch duo Frank de Boer and Louis van Gaal - two of the leading candidates for the position – are both unavailable until the summer, with de Boer currently in charge at Ajax and van Gaal presiding over Holland’s World Cup campaign.
With Levy still yet to make up his mind over his number one candidate, Sherwood is threatening to walk away if he cannot be appointed on a permanent basis.
"I've always said that I want to work in the Premier League, so there's a chance," said Van Gaal.
"Everyone who knows me knows I won't do two jobs at the same time. I've also read that Frank de Boer and Guus Hiddink are in the picture."
The quotes from Van Gaal will no doubt irk Sherwood who was insistent that he was ready to take the job on a full-time basis after Tottenham’s 3-2 win at Southampton yesterday.
"I need to speak to the chairman and I hope that'll happen sooner rather than later.
"I don't want the job for 10 minutes. I want it long term or not at all. These guys need a manager," added Sherwood who could still be in charge for the Boxing Day game at home to West Brom.
But Sherwood added: “If we lose on Boxing Day, it is all doom and gloom again. I will talk to the chairman to see what happens. It has to be right for the club first, then worry about me."
Should Sherwood choose to walk away from the role, former Spurs manager and club legend Glenn Hoddle is waiting in the wings to take up the position after he declared his willingness to take the job until the end of the season or even further.