Former Ross County goalkeeper Michael Fraser believes the Staggies are in good hands under the guidance of co-mana-gers Stuart Kettlewell and Steven Ferguson.
County’s under-20s manager Kettlewell and academy director Ferguson have been tasked with keeping the Staggies in the top flight following the resignation of Owen Coyle last week, with the Dingwall side three points adrift at the foot of the Premiership.
With only 10 matches left, starting with this Saturday’s game at Kilmarnock, Fraser is confident the new duo at the helm will get a reaction from a group of players that won just four of Coyle’s 22 games in charge.
Fraser said: “The chairman Roy MacGregor knows what he is doing and I think he has done the right thing.
“Steven is very important in the job he’s doing. He’s in charge of everything to do with youth and he was the assistant manager when I was there. Stuart knows all the young players and the first-team players.
“Both are really good, honest guys. Good foot-ballers should have no complaints when it comes to managers as long as they are honest.
“Both are good, honest lads who will tell the players how it is and I think that’s the best way forward for everyone involved.
“If I were a player or a fan at County I would be pretty confident with those guys in charge. Although they may not have the experience on paper of being in the top job, knowledge and getting people’s respect is important as well.”
Drumnadrochit-born Fraser, who also played for Caley Thistle and Mother-well, believes the task awaiting Kettlewell and Ferguson is not as daunting as is being made out.
He added: “County should be doing better. They’ve got some really good players and quite a big squad.
“You don’t often get manager’s jobs when a team is doing great. But it amazes me how many pundits jump on bandwagon assuming they are down.
“If they win one game they are off the bottom.
“Unless they are seven or eight points off, anything can change, especially in the Scottish Premiership. If County get a bit of form and win two games in a row they will be off the bottom and might even be out of the play-off place. It’s definitely doable.”
Kettlewell, who guided County’s under-20s to the Development League title, has long been mooted as a potential full-time Staggies manager.
Fraser sees no reason why he should not be considered long-term if he proves successful this season.
He said: “If Stuart keeps them up he’s got a pretty good shout, I would say.
“Maybe it’s the right time to put a guy in that’s part of the club already.
“Martin Canning at Hamilton and Alan Archi-bald at Partick Thistle have done it
“I have never been a manager and I never will do it, but I imagine it’s a really tough thing to do.”