Tottenham latest: De Boer plays down approach plus Dembele's guilt

Some of the key stories involving Tottenham Hotspur this Thursday evening, including the search for a new manager and Capital One Cup reaction.

Frank De Boer has played down the opportunity to become Tottenham Hotspur manager according to the Evening Standard.

Some newspaper reports this morning indicated that Spurs would like the Ajax coach to replace Andre Villas-Boas in the White Hart Lane hotseat, with Franco Baldini believed to be a fan of the Dutchman.

The Independent is reporting that they understand Tim Sherwood will be in charge for the trip to Southampton on Sunday, as well as reporting that Andros Townsend could be out for the Christmas period of fixtures following the hamstring injury he picked up last night in the Capital One Cup defeat to West Ham.

Midfielder Mousa Dembele said last night’s loss to West Ham at White Hart Lane was difficult.

Dembele told the club’s website: ‘We started well, we were very motivated, aggressive and you see how much we wanted to win. The fans were behind us from minute one, that was important. It’s difficult because I thought we were going to win this game, in the end we lost, so we’re all disappointed.

‘We didn’t win but if you see how we played, the passion, that motivates us as well. We need to keep going.’

Dembele also told the Evening Standard that the players feel guilty over the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, saying the current situation is ‘everybody’s fault.’

He said: ‘It has been very tough [over the past few days]. We’re used to training under Villas-Boas and see him every day. It’s a new change so we have to adapt. We’re used to another manager and now we have this one, but everybody is still positive.’

Kyle Walker has said it is time for everyone at the club to dig in as the side looks to put a disappointing spell behind them and look to have a good season.

Walker told the club’s website: ‘Every one of us has to dig in – the fans, staff, the players – because we’re a great football team with great players, great fans and we all need to stick together to come through this patch.

‘We need to dig in and as I keep saying, it will be a good season, we’re just having a blip at the moment.’

Emmanuel Adebayor has said he has been waiting for his chance and was pleased to score on his return to the starting line-up. He told Spurs TV, and is quoted in the Independent saying: ‘Now the most important thing is me scoring goals, confidence is back.

‘We just have to keep working hard, put more heart into it and it will be better.’

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