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Sherwood looks to youngsters

Interim Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood will give more opportunities to the club's youngsters if he is given the job on a permanent basis.

Sherwood has been handed the reins on a temporary basis following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas on Monday.

His first game in charge saw Spurs lose 2-1 at home to London rivals West Ham in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday evening.

His first Premier League game will be at Southampton on Sunday where Mauricio Pochettino's young team - many provided by the Saints academy - has earned plaudits this season.

Sherwood knows the Spurs youngsters well following his developmental role, and he wants to give them more opportunities.

"If something happened on a longer term with me it would be addressed," he said.

"The last thing we would want to do is stunt their growth because there are some top young players down there ready to step up.

"You want to keep them (young players) at your club, you have worked hard since they were eight years of age and you were bringing them through, but they can't all stay.

"Sometimes the manager and the board have to make a decision to bring in what they perceive is extra quality and if you make that decision you have to live and die by it."

Sherwood is expecting a tough afternoon down at St Mary's on Sunday.

"Nigel Adkins was doing a good job before him and it was a surprise to everyone that he left the club, but that shows you the nature of football," he added.

"Pochettino has gone in and it seems like he has taken them on, but it is still early days for him. It will be a very tough game for us down there.

"We know what to expect from Southampton, he has got his team playing a very high, pressed game with a quick tempo and lots of young, English players down there."