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The former Blackburn star presided over a shock Capital One Cup exit at the hands of bitter rivals West Ham in his first match since the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham are positive over the potential appointment of caretaker Tim Sherwood as manager, according to Mousa Dembele.

Sherwood took charge of his first game at the club in Wednesday's 2-1 Capital One Cup loss to West Ham, following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas on Monday.

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Goal understands Sherwood will get the job permanently if he impresses and, despite the defeat, Dembele believes he would be a popular choice among the playing staff.

"It's difficult to say right now [whether Sherwood should get the job permanently] because it's just happened recently," he told The Guardian.

"I don't know Tim that well. But the way he talks and his manner... I think everyone likes this.

"Everybody is very positive about this. It's difficult to have one day and change everything. It takes time but I think we've already started to play quite well [against West Ham]."

Villas-Boas left the club following a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at White Hart Lane, with Spurs seventh in the Premier League.

Dembele claims there is a feeling of guilt among the squad over the 36-year-old's departure.

"I think everyone feels guilty and that's a normal thing," he added.

"It's a team sport. It's not one guy that's responsible, everyone is responsible.

"We have talked among the team already and we said to each other: 'Now let's do it. It's everybody's fault. We are one team, all together.'"

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