Port Vale youngster Sam Morsy has vowed to repay Jim Gannon's trust in him by claiming a regular starting position.
The midfielder, who had made just two first-team appearances for the Valiants before the now-departed Gannon's arrival, was handed seven starts and two substitute appearances during the 42-year-old's ill-fated 75-day reign.
"Jim Gannon showed confidence in me and helped me improve my game," Morsy told The Sentinel.
"He brought me into the team - and there was no pressure on him to do that.
"He's taken some unfair criticism. He's a very intelligent man, but it didn't happen for him here.
"Now it's up to me to keep my place and work hard under the new management team."