Tim Sherwood should be given the chance to prove his management credentials at Tottenham, according to Arsene Wenger.
The Spurs boss is just three months into an 18-month contract signed when he replaced Andre Villas-Boas, but already his position is being questioned by some as Louis van Gaal continues to be linked with a summer move to England.
Sherwood also drew criticism from some former players after publicly tearing a strip off his squad in the wake of this month’s defeat at Chelsea, and there was further bad press in the week as he rowed on the touchline with Benfica counterpart Jorge Jesus.
Arsenal can stick the boot in again on Sunday and have already beaten Spurs in the FA Cup this season, but ahead of the derby Sherwood has found an ally in Wenger.
"I am always pleading for stability," he said. "Maybe you could say I’m pleading for myself. I always think technical stability is important.
"But it will become more and more difficult because in every single game there is a trial happening now on what has the manager done right and wrong. The stability will certainly be much more difficult.
"I don’t know Sherwood as a coach. I knew him as a player because I am a long time in this job. I like the fact that he has learned his job and gets his chance.