After Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy put an end to Tim Sherwood’s colourful six-month reign as Spurs manager, the 45-year-old is 9/20 to take over from deposed Brighton boss Oscar Garcia at the Amex Arena.
Carrow Road was thought to be high up on the list of future destinations for the former Norwich midfielder as the relegated Canaries need a new gaffer after sacking Chris Hughton in April, but the 10/1 about Sherwood rocking up at his old club suggests otherwise.
West Brom, who parted company with Spaniard Pepe Mel by mutual consent prior to Sherwood’s sacking, are rated as the second-most likely next home for the Hertfordshire native at 7/2, while QPR – who are currently coached by another former Tottenham gaffer in Harry Redknapp – come after Norwich at 18s.
Sherwood took over from Andre Villas-Boas in December after Spurs’ humbling 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool, which was the Portuguese’s third embarrassing reverse in little over two months following 3-0 and 6-0 defeats to West Ham and Manchester City.
He was handed an 18-month contract – which, it has since emerged, had a break clause at the end of the season – and while results improved under the new regime, Sherwood seemed doomed for the chop within months of his appointment.
The fact that the outgoing manager’s win rate – at 57 per cent – was superior to any of his Spurs Premier League predecessors has been widely reported, but results against the top four teams did not improve under Sherwood.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool handed out 4-0 drubbings to the travelling Lilywhites, while Arsenal (twice) and City swatted them aside without breaking sweat.
The final straw seems to have been the 2-0 loss away to West Ham, which was the third time Spurs have been downed by Sam Allardyce’s struggling Irons during the campaign and thoughts along the Seven Sisters road will now turn to who will be next in the roasting-hot seat at their tumultuous club.
Ajax boss Frank de Boer’s brother Ronald has claimed that Spurs have been in touch with his twin about the job, although rumours persist that Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino is the man Levy really wants.