Stuart Pearce has come to the defence of under pressure Manchester United manager David Moyes.
Former Evertonian Moyes has had a remarkably tough time since taking the reigns from the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford during the summer, but former England stalwart Pearce - in an interview with talkSPORT - has been quick to provide a reminder of the Scot's abilities and has even labelled Moyes as 'outstanding'.
"The fact is, David Moyes is an outstanding manager. We should never lose track of that," he said.
"He has done it consistently for more than a decade. Manchester United are in a difficult transition period at this moment and to follow Ferguson was always going to be a massive ask. I hope Manchester United stick with him and give him the opportunity of the summer and the transfer window."
And although it would appear that many fans are now beginning to turn on him after such a turgid 2013/14 campaign to date, Pearce evidently hopes that Ferguson's continued presence at the club will help Moyes to prosper through the adversity.
"He has got an ally in Sir Alex Ferguson who is still a big part of that football club and I would hope he would stay in place."
While Pearce is perhaps right to ensure that people do not forget or simply dismiss Moyes' impressive achievements on a shoestring budget at Everton, there is no doubt that it has been a truly horrendous first season in charge at Manchester United.
In a campaign that has been full of lows, Sunday's embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool was certainly down there with one of the worst performances produced under Moyes' short tenure so far.
While it appears that he has always had the backing of the Manchester United board, too many more results of a similar ilk will surely subject even his most confident supporters to doubts about Moyes' suitability.