Tottenham full back defends under-fire manager: "We love Tim Sherwood"

Spurs left back Danny Rose has moved to support beleaguered boss Tim Sherwood by suggesting the players 'love' him.

Tottenham slipped to a third defeat in a week with a 1-0 loss at home to fierce rivals Arsenal, compounding a miserable few days that saw them lose 4-0 to Chelsea and 3-1 to Benfica in the Europa League too.

The consecutive losses have piled the pressure on manager Sherwood, with many speculating that the 45-year-old will be replaced at the end of the season by a higher profile manager, with Italy boss Cesare Prandelli, Holland manager Louis van Gaal and ex-Zenit man Luciano Spalletti all recently linked with the job.

But despite the question marks surrounding Sherwood's future at White Hart Lane, full back Rose has thrown his support behind the former England international, and believes the club could still break into the top four this season, despite being seven points behind fourth placed Manchester City - have three games in hand on Spurs.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Rose said. “We just want the fans to stick by us and obviously we would like a bit of continuity with a manager and we’ll all be fighting to put it right, to get the top four maybe next season."

“You look at the best teams and they do well when they do have a manager to work with for a long time. Everyone loves Tim and the coaching staff.”

Rose went on to say that the players appreciate Sherwood's passionate sideline demeanour, and praised the instant impact he had on the club having replaced Andre Villas-Boas in December, laying the blame for the bad week at the feet of the players.

“It’s great – It’s worrying when he’s coming for you at half-time or full-time but no, it’s great,” he said. “You can tell that he’s passionate and he loves the club. He knows the club from the first-team down to the under-nines.”

“Once the manager took over the job in December, we were on fire, we won a lot of games and we’ve just had a bad week where we’ve just detached ourselves away from the top four,” Rose said.

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