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Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood must be wondering just exactly what he has to do to ensure links with other managers come to an end.
The past week has seen Italy manager Cesare Prandelli mooted as a potential new White Hart Lane boss on Wednesday, as reported by Ed Aarons of The Independent.
Then, the following day, Holland head coach Louis van Gaal admitted contact with the north London club, according to Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror, who quotes the Dutchman as saying:
I am mostly interested in England because I have been a coach in Spain, Germany, in the Netherlands, so I think England is the next step in my career.
Spurs? It could be another club, it depends on the vacancies, because Spurs was already with me.
I prefer to be focused on this World Cup and now there’s another coach (at Spurs), so as coach you cannot say I go to that club or that club, it depends on circumstances and the vacancies.
Sherwood stepped into the breach when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Spurs following the heavy home defeat by Liverpool in December, via the official Tottenham website.
The former Tottenham and Blackburn midfielder was given an 18-month contract, and his appointment has brought a reversal in fortune for the club.
Since being handed the reins of the first team, Sherwood has overseen seven wins from 10 Premier League matches, which is no bad record for a man in his first managerial role.
He has brought the best out of forgotten man Emmanuel Adebayor, with the Togo striker firing nine goals since being restored to the first team in Sherwood's first game, the Capital One Cup defeat by West Ham.
But there has been little news of permanency over Sherwood as the main man in the dug-out over the past three months, which seems a little strange considering the form shown by the team.
The White Hart Lane boss has propelled Spurs back into the Champions League frame on the back of recent results, with the last two league wins over Everton and Newcastle helping to open up a five-point gap on the Goodison Park club.
Yet still the links with other managers continue?
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has had his fingers burnt with some recent managerial appointments, notably Villas-Boas and Juande Ramos.
But the club appear to have stumbled upon someone who is proving an energising catalyst for the team.
Levy and technical director Franco Baldini would be wise to keep faith for the moment.
Believability meter: Medium
There is no smoke without fire as the old adage goes, so links with Prandelli and Van Gaal are not plucked out of thin air.
Aarons reports that Baldini has a strong bond with the Italy boss, while the contact with the Dutchman may have been in preparation for Villas-Boas' departure.
But by continuing to allow these rumours to persist, Tottenham are showing little faith in Sherwood.
Doubtless, though, other clubs will have noted the energising effect he has had on Tottenham.