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By ESPN Staff

Sherwood considering Spurs post

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tim Sherwood has confirmed he is mulling over an offer from new Spurs boss Harry Redknapp to join the backroom staff at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp took over the White Hart Lane hot seat on Sunday when Spurs chairman Daniel Levy sacked Juande Ramos after the club made its worst league start in history under the Spaniard's stewardship.

Redknapp began his reign as manager with a 2-0 win over Bolton on Sunday and today confirmed he was interested in adding Sherwood to his backroom staff after Levy also took the decision to sack the majority of Ramos' coaching staff.

Sherwood, 39, made 93 appearances in a four-year spell between 1999 and 2003 at White Hart Lane.

During that time he picked up a runners-up medal in the 2002 League Cup and admitted Spurs would be an ideal destination if he were to ditch his current job as a media pundit and go back into football.

"It has been very flattering to be linked with the club," Sherwood told the BBC.

"If I had ever wanted to get back into football the club I would choose would be Tottenham and the manager I would work for would be Harry Redknapp.

"I spoke to Harry yesterday and will do again tomorrow. I have to make my mind up whether or not it is the right time to get back into football."

"It's a great opportunity and I bet there's a queue a mile long to take the job.

"I've talked to my father and he told me I had nothing to think about.

"What it boils down to is if I want to get back into football again and dedicate 100% of my time to the game and I have to make that decision because a club like Tottenham and a manager like Harry Redknapp demands that and you wouldn't expect it any other way."

Sherwood praised Redknapp's appointment but warned the former Southampton manager that turning Spurs' fortunes around would be no easy task.

"I think his appointment has been very well received by the Tottenham fans," said Sherwood.

"They went down the route of foreign managers. Juande Ramos didn't work out and if you asked them who they wanted to replace him then Harry would be at the top of the list.

"It's going to take time though. Two points from eight games is a disastrous start and it won't be easy but they have the right man for the job, that's for sure.

"Let's be realistic, the team's aim should be to stay in the division this year and avoid relegation. Not many teams survive with two points after eight games,"

Redknapp's second match in charge is against on Wednesday against Arsenal, and Sherwood believes the 61-year-old should be aiming to emulate the achievements of their north-London neighbours once he has steadied the ship at the Lane.

"Next year they can re-evaluate. Harry's not gone there just to be involved in a relegation fight or to languish in mid-table," he said.

"He wants to be fighting to get into the UEFA Cup and then possibly break into the top four.

"There's a clean slate now Harry's taken over. He will get funds in January. He will buy players and they will perform for him. He's a master at making that work.

The former England man has already seen evidence that Redknapp has started working his magic at White Hart Lane after yesterday's win.

"There was a lift in the atmosphere yesterday. The fans were great and so were the players.

"Luka Modric was outstanding, so was Jermaine Jenas and Ledley King is a machine. They do have real quality in the squad."


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