Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has told the Chronicle that Dick Advocaat is the right man to keep them safe.
Advocaat took over from Gus Poyet back in March and Cattermole believes that the changes the experienced Dutchman has made are starting to have an impact now.
The combative midfielder says that the whole squad are attentive to what Advocaat tells them and he has appreciated having such a calm presence coaching them.
"(Dick Advocaat) is very calm, composed and experienced," he said. "Probably just what we need right now because he’s got such belief in the way he does things. Everywhere he’s been, it’s worked and it’s beginning to work here now.
“The lads are hanging on his every word and following him in the direction he wants to take us."
Sunderland have improved considerably under Advocaat's leadership so far, but they are still in serious danger of going down.
The Black Cats have four tough fixtures - against Everton, Leicester City, Arsenal and Chelsea - remaining and they are currently in the bottom three.
It means that they are under pressure to get victories and they will need to ensure that they build on the momentum they have picked up from their win over Southampton if they are to do so.
As things stand, Sunderland are one point away from safety, but they could move away from trouble if they are able to beat Everton at the weekend.