The former Spurs player will succeed Andre Villas-Boas as Tottenham boss, but is only handed an 18 month contract.

Tottenham have officially announced caretaker boss Tim Sherwood as the long-term successor to Andre Villas-Boas.

It was thought Sherwood would only be offered a contract up until the end of the current season, but the former Spurs player has been appointed manager until the end of the 2014/15 season.

He now ditches his caretaker title, and takes up his official role as Spurs' first team manager.

Andre Villas-Boas was sacked after a heavy defeat at the hands of Liverpool, and Tim Sherwood now faces the uphill task of reinvigorating a squad which includes many players newly brought in by the Portuguese manager.

However, Sherwood has made a strong start at White Hart Lane, with Spurs beating Southampton 3-2 at St Mary's over the weekend.