Glenn Hoddle claims he came close to returning as Tottenham manager following Andre-Villas Boas' sacking.
The former England boss was at the White Hart Lane helm between 2001 and 2003, but that stint was far less successful than his distinguished playing career with the club.
Despite that and the fact he has been without a job in club management since being sacked by Wolves in 2006, Hoddle has made little secret of his desire to manage Spurs once more.
The 56-year-old claims that nearly happened in December when Villas-Boas departed, only for Tim Sherwood to eventually be named successor.
"I nearly went there this time round until the end of the season," Hoddle told BBC London. "I said I was prepared to do that.
"I wouldn't have been prepared to do it for any other club apart from Tottenham because it's in my DNA.
"Although I've had great times at other clubs, there's just something in there about Tottenham and myself that goes back to when I was eight years old.
"So if that was the case, and it nearly became the case, I would have been happy to go back, but they made their decision and they've moved on."
While understandably frustrated not to get the job, Hoddle cannot have failed to be impressed by the manner in which Sherwood began life at White Hart Lane.
Who could replace Tim Sherwood as Tottenham manager?
Who could replace Tim Sherwood as Tottenham manager?
1/11 Frank de Boer
Hugely respected former Ajax and Barcelona player Frank de Boer looks to have taken well to management having won the Eredivisie the last four years running. As respected as it is, Ajax has a tendency to be a stepping stone on to bigger things. So is Spurs big enough? The Dutchman has been strongly linked and in return he has suggested he would be keen.
2/11 Mauricio Pochettino
When Southampton appointed Pochettino it came as a shock. Few knew much more about him than he once tripped Michael Owen in the box when England met Argentina at the 2002 World Cup. Since then, he's shown himself to be a more than adept manager in the Premier League, making the most of the youthful team he found at St Mary's and instilling an ambition in the club few realised they were capable of. Since the departure of executive chairman Nicolas Cortese, the man who brought Pochettino to the club, there have been question marks over his future.
3/11 Glenn Hoddle
Glenn Hoddle was a fans favourite at White Hart Lane and has previously managed the North London club. The former England manager has been out of work since leaving his role as Wolverhampton Wanderers boss in 2006 and has openly expressed his desire to manage Tottenham Hotspur once again. He wasn't shy of criticising Sherwood either.
4/11 Jurgen Klinsmann
A Tottenham legend, Jurgen Klinsmann lit up the Premier League during his spell at White Hart Lane. Many Spurs fans will have fond memories of the German genius during his time in North London and would love to see the current United States national team boss make a return to the Lane.
5/11 Justin Edinburgh
Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Justin Edinburgh has worked wonders with League Two Newport County during his two-and-a-bit-years with the South Wales club. He joined the Exiles in 2011 and went on to win the Conference Premier play-offs the season after. Could he be a surprise candidate for the White Hart Lane hot seat?
6/11 Jupp Heynckes
The veteran German manager, who was named Fifa coach of the year in January, has been out of work since leaving Bayern Munich in May. In his last season at the German giants he won the Bundesliga, German Cup and the Champions League. He is currently retired but could the opportunity to manage Tottenham Hotspur draw him out of his armchair?
7/11 Sean Dyche
After being unceremoniously sacked by Watford, Sean Dyche has reinvented himself at Championship side Burnley. Dubbed the 'Ginger Mourinho' by the Turf Moor crowd, Dyche is a manager whose stock is rising, with his Clarets side having been promoted to the Premier League for next season.
8/11 Diego Simeone
Diego Simeone has taken to management like a duck to water, although the British public may not be his biggest fans, after the Argentinian was responsible for getting David Beckham sent-off at the 1998 World Cup in France. His record in Spain since taking over Atletico Madrid has been incredibly impressive with his side in contention for the La Liga title as well as reaching the lChampions League final. Might be difficult for Spurs to convince him to switch.
9/11 Michael Laudrup
The Dane has been out of work since being sacked by Swansea City over e-mail in February. During his time in Wales he led the Swans to their first trophy in their 102-year history as well as getting them to play some of leagues most attractive football.
10/11 Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe's name being thrown into the mix for the Tottenham manager's job could come as a surprise to the fans, but he is a manager that has impressed this season in the Championship. After a successful period at Bournemouth, he left for Burnley, his time at Turf Moor wasn't the best, but since returning to the Cherries he has got them playing an attractive style of football and up to 12th in the Championship.
11/11 David Moyes
Before he was 'chosen' to manage Manchester United, Moyes was linked with Spurs. Having been sacked after less than 10 months in charge of Manchester United, White Hart Lane could provide a quick return to management. His record prior to his latest job is excellent - after all - United thought he was good enough to replace Sir Alex.
Things have gone awry of late, though, and the under-fire boss only narrowly avoided overseeing a fourth straight defeat in Thursday's Europa League last-16 tie at Benfica.
The 2-2 draw in Lisbon may not have been enough to see them through the quarter-finals, but helped restore some pride towards the end of a campaign in which Spurs' £100million-plus summer outlay has disappointed.
"There hasn't been enough continuity and consistency there on and off the pitch," Hoddle said on the season to date. "The signings that were made at the start of the season for nearly £100million haven't really produced. I've got to say that.
"Maybe they might produce next year once they've settled in and had another year in the Premier League but I think things need to settle.
"If you're going to do anything you need a steady boat rather than a boat that keeps being rocked.
"The amount of money that's been spent there, I'd imagine that the fans and the club itself, you know, directors, would be looking and wanting a bit more consistency but they've got to show consistency off the pitch to get it on it."
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