Interim manager Tim Sherwood hopes to talk to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy today to find out whether he will be staying on as Andre Villas-Boas’s successor.
The Portuguese was sacked less than 24 hours after last weekend’s 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool, with head of football development Sherwood handed temporary control.
Sherwood’s first match at the helm resulted in a Capital One Cup exit to West Ham, but yesterday he oversaw his first victory with an attack-minded display at Southampton.
Emmanuel Adebayor netted either side of a Jos Hooiveld own goal as Spurs ran out 3-2 victors, resulting in bookmakers immediately shortening odds on the former midfielder being handed the reins on a permanent basis.
The win will certainly not do those chances any harm and Sherwood hopes to take control of the Boxing Day clash with West Brom with a clearer idea on his future.
Asked what happens next for him, Sherwood said: “Ideal for me is to have a chat with the chairman and see what’s best for the football club moving forward.
“I need to know what they’re thinking moving forwards. I don’t want this job for five minutes. That’s no interest to me.
“It is either are we going to move it forward or not? That’s where we are.
“There are some great candidates out there for this job. It’s a massive club with history and tradition.
“It is fantastic, a great honour to represent them, but it needs to be right for me and, first and foremost, right for the football club.
“I need to talk to the chairman and see what he’s got planned. I’ll see him tomorrow because I’m in at the training ground. I’m sure it won’t be before that.”
Former Tottenham and England boss Glenn Hoddle is second favourite among bookmakers for the post – behind Sherwood – and confirmed his interest in the job before the match, while Frank de Boer and Louis van Gaal continue to be mentioned as potential appointments.
“Whoever takes this job is in a good position,” Sherwood said. “Andre has left the club in a good state, to be honest. There’s nothing wrong with the job he’s done.
“If you look at the league table, we’re right up there. We’re also in the European competition next stage.
Ross Barkley enhanced his ever-growing reputation by producing a wonderful late free-kick to give Everton a 2-1 win at Swansea.
A fierce strike from Seamus Coleman had given the visitors a 66th-minute lead with a ferocious strike, but they were pegged back when Bryan Oviedo put Dwight Tiendalli’s off-target effort into his own net.