Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has urged the club's board to stick by Sam Allardyce, in his comments to the Guardian.
And Cattermole insists that the 60-year-old manager will need to be given time, if Sunderland are to make any progress under his stewardship.
"Sam fills you with confidence, he’s clearly a very good manager," he said. "Whether he gets time, whether he gets the players he wants, that’s out of our hands. But we need stability and that comes from a manager being able to implement his philosophy.
“That can only happen if we make sure he is still in a job come July. We need to keep hold of him and let him build the club. We have to trust Sam Allardyce, give him the reins and say: ‘Go and do your stuff’. At the moment, though, this isn’t Sam’s squad so we must do the best we can for him.”
Sunderland have had a habit of chopping and changing managers of late, with few of their bosses in recent times being able to plan for the long-term.
With Allardyce at the helm there is a great deal of optimism for the future, though, and the former West Ham United boss will be hoping that he can spark a quick improvement.
Allardyce lost his first match in charge of the Black Cats against West Bromwich Albion, but he will hope that his first full week with the players on the training ground will pay dividends this weekend, when Sunderland take on Newcastle United.
The Magpies have also been struggling this season, meaning that the loser of their latest derby contest is in danger of being cast adrift in the relegation zone.