Premier League: Robbie Keane backs Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood
Robbie Keane hopes that former Tottenham team-mate Tim Sherwood is given the time to succeed at White Hart Lane.
Last Updated: 20/03/14 9:40pm
Sherwood was handed an 18-month contract in December but pressure is mounting on the Spurs boss following their third straight loss at the weekend.
Defeat in the Europa League on Thursday night against Benfica would see Sherwood become the first Tottenham manager to lose four consecutive games since David Pleat in 2004.
Holland coach Louis van Gaal, who is the bookmakers' favourite to replace Sherwood, fuelled speculation on Wednesday by reaffirming his desire to manage in the Premier League.
But Keane, who played alongside Sherwood in his first spell at the club and was coached by him during a second stint, believes he has the potential to become a "great" manager.
"I played with Tim and was there when he was a coach," Keane told Sky Sports News.
"Great guy, will be a great, great manager, I just hope that he will be given time to build a team that's going to be his team.
"Every time I read stuff, it's about getting in different managers, foreign managers in, but yet they are talking about they want English mangers to come through or Irish managers.
"But if you don't give them opportunity how are they going to come through? So you keep wanting to bring people like Van Gaal and keep mentioning these names, brilliant managers don't get me wrong, but If you want to get these young mangers to progress and be future managers of the national team; how can you get them in if you don't give them opportunities?
"Tim Sherwood has been in the job for two months and there is talk about bringing in other managers. I don't know whether that's come from the club, which I hope not, I would be surprised if it is, or it is just people just talking, but it's certainly coming from somewhere because they keep mentioning these certain names."
Meanwhile, Keane, who joined LA Galaxy in 2011 before heading back to England with Aston Villa on loan during the MLS off-season, says he has no intention of returning to the Premier League.
"I definitely see myself finishing in America. There would be no point in me going back to England, I scored a lot of goals there and played a lot of games... unless you're going to play for a team and win stuff I don't see any reason in going back."