Tim Sherwood is hoping to be told by chairman Daniel Levy that he has got the Tottenham Hotspur job.
The pair are poised to hold detailed talks over the vacant post, with Sherwood keen to find out whether he will succeed Andre Villas-Boas – at least until the end of the season and possibly beyond.
Should the discussions go well, Sherwood could be confirmed as head coach before the Boxing Day match against West Bromwich.
Sherwood’s immediate prospects were boosted on Sunday night, when another one of his rival candidates, Louis van Gaal, insisted that he would not combine the Spurs role with his job as Holland manager. However, sources in Holland claimed Levy had visited the Dutchman’s home to hold talks.
Van Gaal did, however, admit that he could be open to an offer once his contract with Holland ends after the World Cup finals next summer. Tottenham have also made enquiries over Frank de Boer and Murat Yakin.
“Everyone who knows me, knows I won’t do a job share,” Van Gaal said. “I’ve always said I want to work in the Premier League, so there’s a chance. But there are times a deal is announced and there are times it’s in preparation. At that time, there’s no time for media.”
Sherwood’s decision to recall Emmanuel Adebayor has paid dividends, with the striker netting another two goals in the win against Southampton. Jos Hooiveld also scored an own-goal to help Spurs to three crucial points at St Mary’s. “The ideal thing for me is to have a chat with the chairman and see what’s best for the football club moving forward,” the 44-year-old Sherwood said. “I need to know what they’re thinking. I don’t want this job for five minutes. That’s no interest to me. Are we going to move it forward or not? There are some great candidates out there for this job. It’s a massive club with history and tradition. But whatever happens needs to be right for me, too.”
Sherwood gave notice of how Tottenham may look under him by picking an attacking line-up and sending 19-year-old Nabil Bentaleb on for his debut as a substitute.
“It’s the only way I know how to play,” Sherwood said. “It could have gone pear-shaped at the death, they could have got a ricochet and it might have gone in. Shore it up, people might have said. But you shore it up by keeping the ball. We should have been out of sight by then. There shouldn’t have been any nail-biting.”
Adebayor has now scored three goals in two games since being restored to the team by Sherwood. He is grateful for his second chance and accused Villas-Boas of being disrespectful. “When I was coming to train and saw some of the team in the group picture, and I’m not in the team picture, that’s disrespectful to me,” Adebayor said. “They asked me to train with the reserves, so I did with pleasure. But I have been professional, I have kept my head up.
“Tim Sherwood told me, 'Emmanuel, I know you for a long time’ and he was with Harry [Redknapp].’ He told me, 'I need you, get out there, play your football, I will not tell you anything, you have been around the block, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, you know how to play.’
“For me, that was big confidence, the new manager telling me that, and I am very happy for him. I want to thank my team-mates, they have been there for me, telling me to keep working hard and my chance will come.”