Richard Keys has praised Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley for sticking with Steve Bruce as the club's manager.
And in a further message to the Magpies boss, the former Sky Sports host has urged Bruce to steer Newcastle to safety before getting out of the 'impossible job' at the end of the season.
Following last month's 3-0 defeat to Brighton, which left Newcastle just two points clear of the relegation zone after a run of two wins in 20 matches, Bruce faced calls from media and fans alike for his sacking.
Indeed, 95% of 14,000 fans polled by Chronicle Live wanted to see United change manager but Ashley was quick to publicly back his manager.
Since then, Newcastle have responded with a 2-2 draw against Tottenham and a 2-1 win at Burnley to put six points between themselves and the relegation zone with a game in hand over 18th placed Fulham.
And Keys, who has been known to have a provocative opinion about the Magpies in the past, was quick to praise both United owner and manager in the aftermath of Newcastle's win at Turf Moor.
"A final word for Steve Bruce. What a terrific win at Burnley. Newcastle aren’t safe yet, but I’m sure they’ll be ok," Keys wrote in his latest blog.
"Mike Ashley isn’t anybody’s favourite on Tyneside but he struck a blow for those in charge of clubs when he publicly backed his man recently.
"Those Newcastle players downed tools v Brighton. Ashley was having none of it. ‘Bruce stays’ he told them. The message was simple - ‘if you want to play Championship football next season - fine, but it’ll be with Bruce’. A draw v Spurs and Sunday’s win followed.
"Further message to Bruce - get them safe Steve and then get out of there. It really is as Graeme Souness described it - ‘the impossible job’."