"Every player in that dressing room was brought here by him. He's played a massive part in their careers.
"But 'Blackie' has always had the respect of the players. A big part of the togetherness we have got is down to him.
"You can be sure that everyone will be playing for him. If he was given the manager's role full-time, he would do a good job.
"I don't think there would be a person in the dressing room who would think otherwise. I don't think there would be any qualms here from anybody if he was made manager."