Under-fire Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas survived a crisis meeting with chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini after Spurs’ 5-0 humbling at home to Liverpool.

Despite backing from Levy in the highly-charged meeting, they are short-term guarantees and Villas-Boas knows he could be sacked at a moment's notice. The Spurs chairman is already sounding out potential replacements.

Villas-Boas plummeted in the betting markets for next Premier League manager to be shown the door after the defeat, which came just three weeks after the 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City.

Levy is already lining up a successor to Villas-Boas - possibly in the form of a temporary manager - and will axe the former Chelsea boss if he can secure his man.

The Spurs chairman is understood to be sounding out potential replacements and Sportsmail has learnt that the Tottenham chairman favours an experienced coach with World Cup pedigree. Fabio Capello, who was at White Hart Lane on Sunday performing TV duties, out-of-work Gus Hiddink and Glenn Hoddle and three high-profile names in the frame.