Oldham Athletic midfielder Dean Furman believes the club can turn this season's struggles around with the introduction of a new man at the helm.
The Lancashire outfit were scrapping to avoid relegation for most of the campaign, but managed to steer clear of the drop zone after a surge in form at the end of the season.
However, with the club searching for a new manager after Dave Penney's departure, Furman told skysports.com that a fresh face in the dugout would help to reinvigorate everyone connected with the Boundary Park outfit.
"It was obviously disappointing to see the gaffer go because he has brought a lot of the lads in to this club, but it is just a case of wait and see until we find out who the new manager is," he said.
"It keeps everyone on their toes for pre-season, though, because everyone will have a fresh slate and will need to work hard to put themselves in the new manager's thoughts."
A number of names have already been linked with the vacant post, with former keeper and current Latics coach Mark Crossley said to be in the frame, but Furman insists these stories should be taken with a pinch of salt.
"That is the first time I have heard about Mark becoming manager, but I know there are quite a few rumours flying about at the moment," he added.
"Until someone is confirmed as the new boss it is all talk, but the club have revealed that they've received a lot of applications for the job, which shows how good a job it is potentially.
"It is a good club and hopefully we will get the right man for the job in and go on to have a good season next year."