Kolo Toure has urged Manchester City's owners to stick with Roberto Mancini as pressure grows on the recently-appointed Italian.
Mancini was only appointed in late December after the Eastlands hierarchy decided Mark Hughes was not the man to lead their ambitious and expensive project.
After an initial honeymoon period, whispers over the former Inter Milan manager's future have increased following the club's FA Cup exit and some indifferent Premier League form.
City's hopes of claiming fourth place and a lucrative UEFA Champions League berth suffered a significant setback in the week when they were beaten 2-0 by Everton on home turf.
Mancini's men now trail in-form Tottenham by five points, although they do have a game in hand over the North London club, which comes on Monday evening when Wigan arrive at Eastlands.
And centre-back Toure, who moved to the North West from Arsenal in the summer, insists the Italian needs to be given time to instil his ideas.
The Ivory Coast international told reporters: "We can't keep changing manager. Every time it happens we have to adapt to a new way of thinking under a new manager.
"With Roberto we are starting to understand what he really wants.
"He knows how to win trophies, but it takes time and it cannot happen straight away. We need to adapt to his system.
"Mancini brings us experience and every time we play we feel strong, we have stability and that is important.
"We are happy with the job we are doing. We play as a team, we feel good and comfortable with the manager."
Toure has pointed to the examples set by Manchester United and his former club as the route to follow, where Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger rule supreme.
And the defender laughed off Mancini's touchline bust-up with Everton counterpart David Moyes in midweek, which landed him with an improper conduct charge from the Football Association.
He added: "When you build a club the only way is to have continuity.
"Look at Manchester United, where Ferguson has been for 24 years. Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal for 14 years and for the last five he didn't even win a thing, but he's still there.
"To be a big club takes time, you have to build for the future. We want to be at the top, and Mancini's reaction with Moyes was the reaction of a manager who wants to finish fourth.
"It showed his fighting spirit, but it's the first time I've seen him like that. It was actually quite funny."