James Coppinger is convinced that Darren Ferguson will get it right at Doncaster Rovers - given time.
Ferguson is likely to be under pressure from supporters from the word go next season after overseeing a catastrophic relegation to League Two.
But Rovers stalwart Coppinger is insistent that the Scot’s day-to-day management of the club will bear fruit in the longer term.
And the 35-year-old has even gone as far as to say that Ferguson is one of the best managers he has worked under since he joined Rovers in 2004.
The Star asked Coppinger - a character known for his positive mindset - what made him so optimistic that Rovers can have a good season next term.
He replied: “The manager for me.
“And I know we’ve been in a bad run and people will look at it and think ‘how have they got relegated?’
“But, for me, it’s just what he brings every day.
“I’ve obviously been at the club for 12 years and had managers come in and for me he’s up there, for what he offers and what he brings.
“He’ll definitely get it right for next season, if he’s given time. And I hope that happens.
“The lads that are here next season will want to start really brightly and look to get promoted.”
Coppinger, meanwhile, has signed up to play in this year’s charity Legends match on Saturday June 18 at the Keepmoat Stadium athletics arena in aid of Doncaster cancer charity The Eve Merton Dreams Trust.
“Everybody knows how much I love this club and in the 12 years I’ve been here the people of Doncaster have been really good to me,” said Coppinger.
“When I was offered the chance to take part in something that gave back to Doncaster people suffering with cancer, I jumped at the opportunity to help.”