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Adebayor has ‘huge respect’ for Sherwood and hopes he keeps Spurs job

22:32 04 May 2014

Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor

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Emmanuel Adebayor says he has “huge respect” for Tim Sherwood, and he hopes that Tottenham’s head coach keeps his job.

Adebayor fell out with his previous boss, Andre Villas-Boas, at the start of this season and made just one substitute appearance in Spurs’ first 26 games of the campaign under the Portuguese.

However, when Sherwood was appointed in December, he immediately brought the Togo international back into the team, and he has played in 23 out of 27 games under the new management, while hitting 13 goals.

Now it seems Sherwood could be replaced this summer, but Adebayor wants his current coach to keep his job.

“Hopefully he stays, but I am not the chairman of the club so I can’t tell you anything about that,” said the striker. “We will see what happens in the future.

“No matter where he goes, I will always keep him in my heart and I have a huge respect for him - as a manager, as a friend, as an ex-footballer, because he knows what it takes to be a footballer. He respects everyone equally, and for me he is a great man and a great manager.”

While Adebayor’s comments are clearly intended to be supportive of Sherwood, they could also be interpreted as a dig at Villas-Boas, who never played the game professionally before starting his career in coaching.

That personality clash has left Adebayor to reflect on a season on two halves – one spent exiled from the team and the other as one of the first names on the teamsheet.

And, as the striker looks ahead to next season, he believes the 2014/15 campaign could be his best yet.

“I just want to forget the bad moments and look to the good ones and the good games I have played and learn from that, and work hard for the next season,” he said.

“Hopefully I will have a proper pre-season, because for the last three years I haven’t had one. It’s very difficult for a player not to have a pre-season.

“I’m definitely looking forward to that one and hopefully this will lead to my best season ever. I have the quality and a big belief in myself. I know I can do it and I will do it.

“For us as a club and a team of players, we’re all disappointed [with this season]. Now we will go away, have a holiday, refresh our bodies, come back and hopefully next season will be better.

“The last three or four months have not been that bad, there are a lot of positives to take out of it, and we just have to learn from our mistakes and keep going. Obviously I think we can do definitely do better than what we have done this season.

“The club is in a better position than me to know what to do. I’m a footballer and will do my best, which is to train hard and play hard.

“Now we have to look forward to the last game of the season at home, then go on holiday and see what will happen.”

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