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Tottenham appoints Tim Sherwood as coach

Monday - 12/23/2013, 4:41pm  ET

Tottenham Hotspur's caretaker manager Tim Sherwood calls out to his players during their English Premier League soccer match against Southampton at St Mary's stadium, Southampton, England, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

LONDON (AP) -- Tottenham has appointed inexperienced Tim Sherwood as coach until the end of next season in a surprise move by the club a week after Andre Villas-Boas was fired.

The Englishman had not managed a team until his switch from his technical job at Tottenham to interim manager last Monday.

After losing a League Cup match to West Ham on Wednesday, Sherwood's first Premier League match ended with Tottenham's 3-2 at Southampton on Sunday.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says the team was "extremely reluctant" to make a midseason change but felt it had to do so "in the club's best interests."

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