Reports had lined him up as Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace's first choice at the Hawthorns, but over the last couple of days a probable deal was said to be drifting further and further away.
One sticking point was said to have been the disappointing contracts offered to Sherwood's back room staff at Tottenham, Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey, with Sherwood unwilling to come on board without the duo.
"Sherwood's perfectly happy with his terms and contract but he won't budge over what he believes is a derisory offer to Ramsey and Ferdinand."
West Brom have now plumped for Everton academy boss Alan Irvine as their head coach instead, with the Scot having managed at Preston and Sheffield Wednesday in the past. Irvine has been given a 12-month rolling contract.
Albion delighted to announce Alan Irvine will be appointed as their new Head Coach. He has agreed a 12-month rolling contract #wba 1/3— WBAFCofficial (@WBAFCofficial) June 14, 2014
It would have offered an immediate route back into Premier League football for ex Blackburn captain Sherwood, who has the highest win percentage of any Premier League manager at White Hart Lane, and given him a chance to prove Daniel Levy wrong for dismissing him.
Sherwood had already been linked with Brighton in the summer, but that job went to Liverpool legend Sami Hyppia. With the Baggies job looking to be taken by Irvine, it is hard to see where the Londoner's next opportunity will come from. In all likelihood, Sherwood may well wait for the inevitable sack race to begin during the season, in the hopes of landing another big job.