Andre Villas-Boas sacked: Glenn Hoddle gets backing to return to Tottenham ten years after leaving the club

Former striker Gary Lineker has given his backing to Hoddle despite Tim Sherwood being placed in temporary charge

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Former Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle is reported to be ready to replace sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas following the Portuguese’s dismissal on Monday.

Hoddle was in charge at White Hart Lane from 2001 until 2003, and he is currently one of the bookmakers favourite’s to take over permanently at White Hart Lane along with Michael Laudrup.

The 56-year-old is on good terms with club chairman Daniel Levy, and it has been reported by the BBC that he is keen on a return to the club, although technical director Tim Sherwood has been placed in charge temporarily ahead of Spurs’ League Cup quarter-final with West ham on Wednesday.

Former striker Gary Lineker had called for Hoddle to be given a second spell in charge after claiming on Twitter that he “has a brilliant football mind”.

 “Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level, has a brilliant football mind”, Lineker tweeted.

Hoddle’s last role in charge of a club was in 2006 with Wolves, although he has turned down opportunities to manage other club’s since his departure from the Molineaux.

Hoddle also opened a football academy in Spain which attempts to keep released players in the sport by giving them the chance to impress in friendlies against established clubs across Europe.

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Jose Mario Rocha, Luis Martins and Daniel Sousa, who were all part of Villas-Boas’ coaching staff, have also left the club, and a statement released on Monday night confirmed that Sherwood will take charge of Wednesday’s match along with Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand.

“The club can announce that Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand will take charge of the first team whilst the club progresses discussions,” said Spurs in a statement.

“Steffen Freund and Tony Parks continue as part of the coaching staff.”

Despite being the bookmakers favourite, Sherwood is only expected to be in temporary charge with a permanent manager set to appointed in the near future. However, with Villas-Boas’ dismissal seeing him become the fifth Premier League manager to lose his job since the start of the season, the League Managers Association’s chief executive Richard Bevan has expressed his concern at the high turnover of manager’s in the Football league.

“This is a particularly turbulent period. As it stands, 19 managers [across the top four divisions] have already lost their jobs in this campaign,” said Bevan.

“Almost half of the managers sacked so far have been given less than one year in the job.

“The volatility in management and coaching continues to undermine the profession at a time when the game needs to continue to encourage players towards the end of their career to stay in football.”