Tottenham Hotspur star Danny Rose has spoken out in defence of Tim Sherwood on Sky Sports, after he was sacked by Aston Villa earlier this week.
Rose worked with Sherwood for a number of years at White Hart Lane, and the defender always enjoyed his time with the former England international.
Rose said that he was very sorry to see Sherwood lose his job at Villa, as the 46-year-old had always shown great faith in him.
"It's not nice seeing any manager losing his job, especially Tim because I've known him a long time and he's very passionate about his job," he said.
"I've known Tim since he came to the club in 2008 and he's been great for me. A couple of seasons ago when he was a manager here I wasn't playing that well and he stuck by me every game, played me every game that I was fit and gave me great advice.
"When I was on loan at Sunderland, whenever there was a game that was on TV, Tim was the first person to text me and tell me I'd done well, so I've got a great relationship with him and I hope he comes back into football as soon as possible."
Sherwood has shown himself to be a manager prepared to give youngsters a chance, and he has a good track record at bringing through prospects at both Spurs and Villa.
Rose has been one of the players to have benefitted from Sherwood's management, and he now plays a prominent role for the Lilywhites.
Rose has become a first-team regular at Spurs in recent seasons, and he is currently competing with Ben Davies for the left-back berth in the team.
The 25-year-old has improved considerably of late, and he is proving Sherwood's belief in him to be well placed.