Tottenham prevent second attempt by Blackburn to approach Tim Sherwood

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Tottenham Hotspur have thwarted a second attempt by Blackburn Rovers to approach Tim Sherwood over the managerial vacancy at Ewood Park.

Sherwood, captain when Rovers won the Premier League in 1995 and now the respected technical co-ordinator at White Hart Lane, ranks high on the short-list of candidates drawn up by Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh, managing director Derek Shaw and operations director Paul Agnew.

However, their latest request for permission to speak with the 43-year-old has been refused by Daniel Levy. The Spurs chairman is keen to keep Sherwood on the coaching staff at Spurs, although the issue of compensation cannot be discounted, and rejected an initial approach by Rovers within days of Steve Kean's departure on 28 September. Sherwood is believed to be interested in moving into management at Ewood but has given no indication he would push Tottenham into letting him meet the Rovers board.Blackburn do have other candidates in mind with Alan Shearer, Blackpool's Ian Holloway and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer among them. Solksjaer has insisted he will not consider leaving Norwegian champions Molde before their domestic season ends next month.

Singh has repeatedly called for patience from Rovers' supporters in his search for Kean's successor, and owners Venky's can ill-afford another managerial mistake, but the club had hoped to have the position filled prior to Saturday's trip to Derby County. Eric Black, the current caretaker manager who is also under consideration for the permanent role, is likely to be in charge at Pride Park.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Andy Hunter, for The Guardian on Wednesday 17th October 2012 21.30 Europe/London

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