He said: "We can model ourselves on Aston Villa because they are run in the same way.
"They are the kind of club we have to follow. Martin has got Villa established as a really decent Premier League outfit.
"He's got good players - predominately young and English - and he's done very well there with Randy Lerner's support. As far as the stability here is concerned and the backing I've had from the owner and the chairman, I am happy. The club's in great nick."