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The Spurs caretaker boss says he would get a "10-year contract" if it was up to him and insists he is not interested in returning to his previous role on the coaching staff

Tim Sherwood wants the chance to manage Tottenham on a permanent basis.

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The 44-year-old took caretaker charge for the first time in Wednesday's 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to West Ham, following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas on Monday.

But, despite the loss, Sherwood is confident he has the ability and knowledge of the club to turn Spurs' form around.

"If it was down to me I'd be getting a 10-year contract now but football doesn't work like that," he told reporters.

"I know all about the football club, I played here, it's my club. I know what the supporters want and I know what they demand but it's not my decision to make the appointments and we need to respect the men who make those appointments."

Sherwood, who was brought to the club as technical co-ordinator by Villas-Boas' predecessor Harry Redknapp, claims anything less than the managerial position would not interest him.

"Long term, it's number one or nothing," he added, "Going back to being an assistant is not for me. It's the chairman’s decision.

"I'm going to be taking the [Southampton] game [on] Sunday but the games come thick and fast don't they, so I don't know when we're going to fit it in."

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