LONDON (AP) — Tottenham has appointed inexperienced Tim Sherwood as coach until the end of next season in a surprise move by the club a week after Andre Villas-Boas was fired.

The Englishman had not managed a team until his switch from his technical job at Tottenham to interim manager last Monday.

After losing a League Cup match to West Ham on Wednesday, Sherwood's first Premier League match ended with Tottenham's 3-2 at Southampton on Sunday.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says the team was "extremely reluctant" to make a midseason change but felt it had to do so "in the club's best interests."