Interim manager Sherwood is set to land the role as long as Spurs respond to his leadership against West Ham tomorrow in the Capital One Cup and at Southampton in the league on Sunday.

But Spurs are also keeping a close eye on the situation of ex-England boss Fabio Capello, who was at White Hart Lane on Sunday for the 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool that spelt the end of Andre Villas-Boas’ reign.

The Italian, 67, is currently in charge of Russia, who have qualified for the World Cup.

But his contract with them is up in the summer, as he has NOT signed the new contract on offer, which would take him through to the 2018 World Cup.

Sources close to Capello indicated yesterday he is keen on a return to London – where he still has a home – and the chance to link up again with his former England No.2 Franco Baldini, who is Spurs’ technical director.

It is understood Capello – who was working for Fox Sports during the Liverpool match – let the north Londoners know he wants to take Russia to Brazil next summer.