Robbie Keane on Sherwood/van Gaal situation that's enveloped Spurs

Robbie Keane

Former Tottenham Hotspur fan favourite does not believe a new manager is needed and that Tim must be given time.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood may have been in a no-win situation from the start.

Having succeeded the near disastrous tenure of his predecessor, Andre Villas-Boas, Sherwood remedied the club's form, oversaw the return and renaissance of Emmanuel Adebayor's form and began to collect positive results.

However, he was only presented with an 18-month contract, perhaps underlining how the board viewed the Englishman as a short-term solution, while the media speculated that, even if the Spurs man succeeded in securing the club with Champions League football the next season then he would not be the man to boss the team from the dug-out in Europe.

One need look only across London, to Roberto di Matteo at Chelsea, who claimed the greatest prize of all - the Champions League trophy - to see that even that success did not come with a reward of a full-time position.

So now that the Premier League top four is effectively already decided, with fifth-place Spurs seven points behind Manchester City, it is perhaps not surprising to find various stories in the mainstream press regarding an imminent successor for Sherwood.

Chiefly, Louis van Gaal, who recently put himself in the shop window for a move to England: "My ambition is to manage in the Premier League," the Daily Mail quote the multiple title winner to have said.

A former fans favourite at White Hart Lane, though, has implored the club's board to show loyalty to Sherwood, a coach who he has intimate knowledge of having worked with him in the past, so that the 45-year-old can a: build a team in his own image and b: continue to grow as a full-time manager.

Speaking to Sky Sports from Los Angeles, Galaxy striker Robbie Keane said: "He's a great guy and will be a great manager I just hope he's given time to build team that's his.

"Everything I read is about bringing different, foreign managers in, yet at the same time people were wanting English or Irish managers to come true. If you don't give them opportunity how are they going to come true? The van Gaal's, yes, they're brilliant managers, don't get me wrong but if you want young managers to progress and then be in charge of the national team, they won't get it without the opportunity."

Keane was eager to stress that any of the speculation regarding new managers is likely limited to the press, rather than from the club itself, as that is not the way Tottenham Hotspur do things, he said.

"He's only been in charge for two months and there's talk about another manager coming in, but I don't know if it's coming from the club - I'd be surprised if it was."

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