Schalke bosses have confirmed coach Jens Keller could be set for a new contract that will keep him at the club beyond the end of the season.
Chairman Clemens Tonnies, as well as general manager Horst Heldt, has praised the 42-year-old for the impact he has made at the Veltins-Arena.
Keller replaced Huub Stevens in December following a poor run of form that saw the club slip to seventh in Bundesliga.
Slowly but surely Keller has turned things around, with last weekend's 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen ensuring they stay in fourth place, which would ensure a spot in the Champions League qualifying round next season.
The former Stuttgart boss is only in charge of the club on a temporary basis with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
However, both Tonnies and Heldt have voiced their approval and hinted Keller will soon be offered a new long-term contract.
"Jens Keller is doing a fine job as manager," Tonnies told Bild. "We are very happy with the output of his work."
Horst added: "I am of the same opinion as Clemens Tonnies and I feel the trend is very much obvious. The trend is in Jens Keller's favour."