EDIT: At 9:16 pm on Monday 23 December, Tottenham announced via their official Twitter page "that Tim Sherwood has been appointed Head Coach with a contract to the end of the 2014/15 season."
In a further statement on TottenhamHotspur.com, it was confirmed Chris Ramsey, Les Ferdinand and Steffen Freund would join him on his coaching staff.
Chairman Daniel Levy described Sherwood as having "both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward." The rest of his statement read as follows:
We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the Club's best interests.
We have a great squad and we owe them a Head Coach who will bring out the best in them and allow them to flourish and enjoy a strong, exciting finish to the season.
We are in the fortunate position of having within our Club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood.
Tottenham Hotspur's search for a manager remains—at the time of writing—a publicly undefined one.
Beyond Tim Sherwood's installation as interim manager, we have little to no idea of chairman Daniel Levy and the Tottenham hierarchy's plans and hopes in filling the role.
The following ranking of the "best" candidates to replace the recently departed Andre Villas-Boas is made up of Sherwood, and every name to have thus far been linked with the job.
The challenge in negotiating each's placing as a candidate is deciphering who might be considered as a long-term solution, and who could possibly just be appointed as a stop-gap. There is also the possibility of others emerging in the race.
Also a factor will be the role of technical director Franco Baldini. The Italian has come under much scrutiny in the day following Villas-Boas leaving, with the Daily Telegraph's Jason Burt reporting Baldini offered to resign on the same day.
It is an inexact science, but hopefully the following article will come close to providing a decent outline of the likeliest (again, as far as we know) potential appointments.
Before we get to those names, we take a look at those who have distanced themselves from any potential appointment.