Manchester City defender Danny Mills does not believe Mark Hughes' position is under threat.
Sven Goran Eriksson was sacked last summer despite steering City to a ninth-placed finish in the Premier League and Hughes was brought in as his replacement.
City have fared little better under Hughes and will need to find more consistency in the coming two months to clinch qualification for Europe.
The club's new owners have nevertheless given their backing to Hughes on a number of occasions and Mills thinks the manager will be allowed more
time to bring success to Eastlands.
He said: "I don't think Mark Hughes' position is under threat at all. He will definitely be here next season and looking to add to the squad.
"Don't forget Mark has effectively only had one transfer window to work in and he is still trying to get his ethos across to players.
"There has also been an enormous turnaround in players.
"We are all a bit disappointed with the league position but it is not surprising with everything that has gone on."
Mills has not played for City since 2006 and seems unlikely to represent the club again, with his contract expiring in the summer.
The 31-year-old is nevertheless keen for City to enjoy better fortunes and he feels it is crucial for Hughes to stay to bring some stability to the club.
He explained: "It has been quite a difficult time as individuals and a very unsettling period for the club.
"Managers have been coming and going and there have been so many changes in players and style, it is like a revolving door.
"But if you look at Mark Hughes' record, he gets teams punching above their weight."