Stoke face Spurs later today.
Crouch said: â€œItâ€™s a little bit of a surprise. I think young, English coaches these days maybe donâ€™t often get the top jobs.
â€œIt wouldnâ€™t have been a Âsurprise if you had seen the Âhierarchy at Spurs go for a Âforeign coach, so Iâ€™m pleased Tim Sherwood has got the job and hopefully some more young British managers can get that kind of opportunity.
â€œMany years ago, when I was in the youth team at Tottenham, he was a player there. Then he came back while I was there second time around.
â€œHe was obviously in charge of the young lads but he was always around the first team and always very vocal around the place.
â€œAnd, in my opinion, itâ€™s a great appointment.
â€œI think the lads relate to him. They like him. Heâ€™s opinionated â€“ he has his views â€“ and I think the players will listen to him.
â€œLes Ferdinand is there too and he is a top bloke. He will help as well. For me, Tim was great to have around.
â€œAlthough he wasnâ€™t directly involved with the first team, all the lads knew who he was and had a lot of respect for him.
â€œHe would offer his opinion and all the lads would listen.
â€œSo itâ€™s a terrific opportunity for him and I wish him well. I really hope he succeeds.â€™â€™
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