Kevin Nolan insists it is a 'must' that Alan Shearer stays on as Newcastle United manager next season.
Magpies legend Shearer took charge at St James' Park last month with the intention of being at the helm for the final eight games of the campaign.
He secured his first win against Middlesbrough on Monday night to boost Newcastle's prospects of avoiding relegation from the Premier League.
And January signing Nolan believes it is vital for the club's future that Shearer agrees to make his appointment a more permanent arrangement.
"The more he's settled into the job, I think the more and more he wants to keep it now," Nolan told the Daily Telegraph.
"To be honest, I think he's the only one who will get the time and the money to get things right, the way he wants. If Alan does walk away, anyone who takes the job will probably be fighting a losing battle.
"It would be so hard for them. So it's a must now that he does carry on, for the sake of us players as much as anything so we don't have another seven managers in two years or something."
Code of conduct
Nolan also revealed the squad's disappointment that Shearer's new code of conduct for the players became such public knowledge.
The midfielder added: "That shouldn't happen. If you're a good club, nothing comes out of the dressing room. I think it's something the gaffer will sort out in time. It's something that needs to be addressed because more stuff comes out of this club than most others.
"It's one thing that lets us down more than anything. It's up to us as staff and players to get that right because if we want to be successful that's a major part of it - being close and together as a group.
"He (Shearer) doesn't want people laughing at this club. He doesn't want to switch on the telly and keep seeing 'Breaking News from St James' Park!' He wants to get Newcastle away from that and put them alongside the likes of Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in the way we do things.
"I remember something came out at Liverpool not long ago about the American owners and no-one at the club could believe it had got out because that kind of thing is always kept in-house. I think Alan will strive to get that here."