Dundee United chairman Eddie Thompson says that appointing Craig Levein to replace Craig Brewster as boss has saved his club from relegation worries.
Eddie Thompson expects further improvement next season
"I'm not criticising Craig Brewster. But, in my opinion, if Craig Levein had not come in then we would have been in danger of relegation," said Thompson.
"He has done a great job up until now. But, from next season, he will be able to do it from the first game.
"He turned things around and I'm sure he'll improve our league standing."
Levein was appointed in October after a disappointing start to the season under Brewster.
But they now sit eighth after a fine 4-0 away to Hearts on Saturday.
Thompson was speaking after announcing that turnover to June was £1.2m down but that losses had also been reduced to £700,000 following cost-cutting measures.
He pointed out that his club would have been about £500,000 better off at the end of the current financial year if they had managed to finish in the top six of the Scottish Premier League.
Thompson stressed that United pay "top-six wages for players and coaches" but expected to finish in a position next season that more accurately reflected his investment.
He also insisted that he has no plans to stand down, despite his recent battle with prostrate cancer.
"I have a few ideas of succession plans, but I keep joking with Craig that I will be here longer than him," added Thompson.