Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor says he has "great respect" for Tim Sherwood and wants him to stay as head coach.
Sherwood took over from Andre Villas-Boas in December and immediately brought Adebayor back into the fold, and the Togo international has since scored 13 goals in all competitions.
Goal revealed last month that Sherwood will be replaced this summer, with Ajax boss Frank de Boer and Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino among the front-runners for the post.
But Adebayor remains hopeful that the man who showed faith in him will stay at White Hart Lane.
"Hopefully he stays, but I am not the chairman of the club so I can't tell you anything about that," he told The Tottenham Journal.
"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."