Newcastle striker Mark Viduka is backing Alan Shearer to help save the Magpies from relegation and stay on as manager next season.
Shearer is scheduled to leave his position at the end of the season.
But after seeing Newcastle earn their first win under Shearer's tenure and improve their chances of beating relegation, Viduka hopes he will stay.
"Shearer's had a massive impact, I wish him all the best. I hope we stay up and he's got a long career here," he said.
Newcastle beat neighbours Middlesbrough 3-1 on Wednesday to secure a vital three points which was enough to lift them out of the drop zone, where they were replaced by Hull on goal difference.
Shearer's maiden win was his first since taking over in April and was his hometown club's first at St James' Park since 21 December.
Have your say on this story The 38-year-old has maintained that he will only be in charge until the end of the season but there is a growing belief that the former England and Newcastle striker is considering staying.
If Shearer did stay it would be a decision that would be welcomed by Viduka.
"Everybody respects Alan - he's got that automatically. Maybe he doesn't have the experience as a manager, but he has got that
presence about him," said Viduka.
"I was a massive fan of Alan's. He knows what striking is all about, he knows the position and it's an honour.
"Since Alan came back, the first thing he did was ask me whether I was in or out, and I want to keep this club up, that's the most important thing - as do the rest of the players."