Steve Hodge has admitted on Radio Yorkshire that he was worried about Leeds United in January.
The Whites are currently 13th in the Championship table with 52 points from 39 matches and are pushing for a top-10 finish.
However, just around two months ago, Leeds were struggling for points and for form under head coach Neil Redfearn.
There was a suggestion that the West Yorkshire outfit would end up fighting for survival in the Championship, but things have improved hugely since then.
Former Leeds midfielder Hodge is pleased with the turnaround in fortunes and has backed the club for success next season.
“I was worried actually at one point in January when they were getting near the relegation zone,” the 52-year-old told Radio Yorkshire on Wednesday.
“I was a little concerned, but thankfully over the last two or three months, things have got a lot better. Hopefully next year will be a lot better.”
Leeds will return to Championship action after the international break with a home game against Blackburn Rovers.
Later next month, the Whites will face Wolverhampton Wanderers (A), Cardiff City (H), Norwich City (H), Charlton Athletic (A) and Sheffield Wednesday (A).
The former Premier League outfit will end their 2014-15 Championship campaign with a game against Rotherham United at Elland Road on May 2.