Stephen Dobbie has shared enough dressing rooms with Barry Ferguson to know he’s ready for the step into management.
The forward played alongside Ferguson during two loan spells at Bloomfield Road and remembers the midfielder from his time at Rangers.
And he’s backed Ferguson to be a top manager.
“As captain Fergie already enjoyed a lot of input on the training ground,” Dobbie said. “The boys respect him after all he’s done in the game.
“They’ve always taken on board all he has to say because he has played at the highest level in huge games.
“None of the boys will question his move up to become manager.
“It’s no surprise the club have turned to him.
“He has always been a leader on and off the pitch and is a big voice in the changing room.
“Management was always going to be the next step.”
Ferguson is known as a leader, having captained his country and every club he has played for.
And if there’s one thing for sure, it’s that the former Scotland international hates losing.
Dobbie added: “His biggest attributes are a willingness to win and hatred of losing.
“He also has an attractive way of playing the game.
“I’m sure he will get the team passing and moving in a free-flowing style that will see them score goals.”
Dobbie became good friends with Ferguson during his time at Bloomfield Road, and is well placed to judge not only his abilities in football but also his fashion-sense.
“I can’t see him being a tracksuit boss,” joked the Crystal Palace man.
“He’ll be on the sidelines in a wee smart V-neck jumper with a shirt and tie. Seriously, I’m sure he’ll take a little bit from all the different managers he has played under.
“He’ll be hard when he needs to be, but he has been in the game long enough to know when he has to put his arm around a player.”