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Louis van Gaal is still the favourite to take over at White Hart Lane, but Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is expected to be given an interview for the role

By Greg Stobart and Wayne Veysey

Tottenham will replace Tim Sherwood as manager at the end of the season, Goal can confirm.

Spurs have taken the decision to make another managerial change just four months after Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane on an 18-month contract.

Goal reported last month that Sherwood had told confidants at White Hart Lane that he was deeply pessimistic about his chances of staying in charge beyond the summer, despite signing a contract until 2015.

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Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is favourite to replace Sherwood after the World Cup while Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is also a fan of Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino.

It is unknown whether Sherwood will remain at Tottenham in another capacity but he has previously suggested that he would refuse to act as a number two to another manager.

Van Gaal is the clear favourite to replace Sherwood having spoken openly about his desire to manage in the Premier League when he steps down as Netherlands coach after the World Cup in Brazil.

The 62-year-old met with Levy following the dismissal of Villas-Boas but refused to split the Spurs job with his Holland duties.

Pochettino is expected to be granted an interview having impressed at Southampton both in terms of results and the team’s style of play.

The Argentine has a year left on his Southampton contract and has refused to sign a new deal, with key players including Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana expected to depart in the summer.

Sherwood has long feared losing his job and has paid the price for Tottenham’s almost certain failure to qualify for the Champions League, with the club seventh in the Premier League table ahead of Monday night’s clash against Sunderland.

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