Tottenham have named Tim Sherwood as head coach on a full-time basis following the interim boss’s 3-2 win at Southampton over the weekend.

The former England midfielder was a key part of the backroom staff of previous manager Andre Villas-Boas and steps into the role at White Hart Lane having had no experience at the helm of a club.

Sherwood – who represented the club as a player from 1999-2003 – has been handed a contract until the end of the 2014-15 Premier League season and beat off a host of high profile names for the job, including Guus Hiddink, Fabio Capello and Michael Laudrup.

“We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward,” Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was quoted by club’s official website.

“We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the club’s best interests,” added Levy.

“We have a great squad and we owe them a head coach who will bring out the best in them and allow them to flourish and enjoy a strong, exciting finish to the season.

“We are in the fortunate position of having within our club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood.”

Sherwood’s first game in full change of Spurs will be against West Brom on Boxing Day.

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