From the Back Pages, December 17: Tim Sherwood given chance to stake claim at Tottenham

From the back pages
From the back pages

Tim Sherwood will take charge of Tottenham Hotspur’s Capital One Cup quarter final against West Ham United on Wednesday and could even stay on as an unlikely caretaker manager until the end of the season. The club have yet to speak to any other prospective managerial candidates after sacking Andre Villas-Boas this morning and may give Sherwood the opportunity to prove his credentials over several matches. (The Times)

Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker has called for Glenn Hoddle to be appointed as the club’s new manager. Andre Villas-Boas was sacked on Monday morning after a heavy defeat to Liverpool, having only taken charge at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2012. (Daily Mail)

Malky Mackay’s future at Cardiff City has been plunged into fresh doubt, after owner Vincent Tan is “extremely upset” that the Bluebirds’ manager said he was looking to sign three new players in the January transfer window. (Daily Mail)

ARSENAL defender Bacary Sagna admits it is ‘an option to go somewhere in January’ but has revealed he is talks with Arsenal over a new deal. (Daily Express)

Gianfranco Zola has resigned as manager of Sky Bet Championship club Watford. The Italian said in a statement on the club’s website that he had made taken the decision “in the best interests of the team”. (The Independent)

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen set for their worst years yet, Ben Stokes offers encouragement for England, and Australia captain Michael Clarke makes history. (The Telegraph)

After months of speculation and rumour, Amir Khan is increasingly confident that he will soon be named as Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent. Talks are at an advanced stage for the pair to fight in Las Vegas in May and Khan’s camp are hopeful that the fight will be announced in the first week in January. Contracts have not yet been signed but it is understood that the fundamentals have been agreed. (The Guardian)