Hayden Mullins hopes Paul Hart stays on as Portsmouth's permanent manager after keeping the club in the Premier League.
Hart, helped by assistant boss Brian Kidd, took charge at Fratton Park following the departure of Tony Adams in February.
He was appointed on a short-term deal until the end of the season and guided Pompey to 17 points from 14 games.
Portsmouth finished seven points clear of the relegation zone and midfielder Mullins believes he should keep the role on a long-term basis.
"He's done brilliantly, I think he deserves it," said the 30-year-old, who joined Pompey from West Ham in January.
"Brian doesn't get many of the mentions but he's been brilliant too, and I think both of them work really well together.
"They have come in and steadied the ship, brought a calmness to it and we're happy with the way it's going.
"He brought his own ideas in and it's been a case of getting on the training pitch and working with him, getting through what he wants."
Portsmouth are expected to make a decision on their next permanent manager within the next week.
It is understood the key figures who will decide on whether to offer the job to Hart have been out of the country but are due back to discuss Pompey's options.