"I think what Billy Davies achieved with Preston North End and then getting Derby into the Premier League shows what a good manager he is," said Huddlestone. "I don't see any reason why he can't keep Derby in the division.
"He's got the managerial skills to keep them up. Billy did a wonderful job last year, especially in the play-offs. On limited resources, he got them into the Premier League.
"The results might not show it but they've had a good start to the season. Hopefully, they'll be fine at the end of the season."