Danny Mills believes Leeds fans can help the club bounce back to the top flight - despite their imminent relegation to League One.
Mills, who is now a Man City player, joined Leeds in 1999
The 29-year-old Manchester City defender was part of the Leeds team that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001.
"If the fans get the team they deserve, it won't be long until they're back in the Premiership," he told BBC Sport.
"Leeds fans are fantastic, they are among the best in the country."
The future looks bleak for Leeds after their 1-1 draw with Ipswich on Saturday.
Leeds will be relegated for the second time in three seasons on Sunday unless they score a hatful of goals to beat Derby and Hull City lose at home to Plymouth.
Six years ago I was getting ready for the biggest game of my life in the Champions League semi-final against Valencia. Now, barring a miracle, Leeds will be facing teams in League One next season
Former Leeds defender Danny Mills
Mills joined the club in 1999 as one of former manager David O'Leary's big-money transfers and he played in some of the biggest matches in the club's history.
"I fell in love with Leeds during my time at the club," said Mills at the BBC's Your Game event in Leeds.
"I still live around Leeds and I have been consoling desperate fans and friends.
"Six years ago I was getting ready for the biggest game of my life in the Champions League semi-final against Valencia.
"Now, barring a miracle, Leeds will be facing teams in League One next season."
Mills was among a group of specially invited guests at the first Your Game 2007 event at the Batley Sports and Tennis Centre in West Yorkshire.
Your Game is a unique nationwide street football competition designed to provide new opportunities for young people from socially disadvantaged groups in society.
"This kind of event is very important as it gives local youngsters the chance to experience the benefits of organised sport," said Mills.
"Your Game is also a good thing because it allows those involved to use these kinds of training opportunities and improve their personal situations."