The Potters are in danger of dropping out of the top-flight for the first time in 10 years. The Staffordshire club are currently in 19th and are one point from safety.
"I know Paul," he said. "He actually came across when I was managing Stoke and we had dinner together. He's a good lad, he knows his stuff, he's a football nut and I'm sure he will squeeze that extra bit out of them to make sure they stay in the league.
"We've obviously got our associations with the football club and all we can do is wish Paul all the best now with, what, nine games to go, that he gets the points to keep them up because it would be a real shame if they went down. Let's hope they don't go down."