DAVID Vaughan has described Ian Holloway as the best boss he's ever had – raising hopes the midfield maestro will commit his future to Bloomfield Road.
The feeling around the club is that the Welshman could be on the verge of agreeing a new deal.
That would be music to the ears of both Holloway and the Seasiders fans, who had been concerned Vaughan may walk away for nothing when his contract runs out in the summer.
There is no confirmation yet, but Vaughan is certainly happy to heap the praise on his manager.
"I'd have to say he is probably the best manager I have ever had because he has really helped me develop as a player," the 27-year-old said.
"Obviously I had a lot of help at Crewe from Dario Gradi. He just knows good young players when he sees them and he teaches the game well.
"Dario teaches lads how he thinks football should be played and you can see his philosophy in every player who comes through Crewe.
"But as first-team manager Ollie is very good.
"His organisation in the formation we play is great. Everyone knows their jobs and it works well.
"He gets the players up for games. He's really good at that and a lot of the players appreciate that.
"He has changed everything for me personally and I am really grateful to him for that.
"Ollie came in and had the 4-3-3 formation he wanted to play. He saw me playing in the middle in that, rather than on the left wing, and that suited my game.
"It has gone from strength to strength for both myself and the club ever since really."
Vaughan has been receiving plenty of praise himself this season for his performances. He had never played in the Premier League before but has more than held his own.
He probably doesn't get the headlines he deserves, though, because of the man alongside him – a certain Charlie Adam.
Asked if it ever bothered him that Adam gets the lion's share of the limelight, Vaughan replied: "No, because people who know me know I don't really want to be in the spotlight, so it's fine if Charlie gets the praise.
"Part of Charlie's game is to get on the ball and make things happen, so he is going to get more of the headlines than I will.
"But I am happy for that to be the case and so is everyone else, I think."