Jan Aage Fjortoft has urged Middlesbrough to keep looking to build their new philosophy, despite poor results on the pitch.
The Teessiders have struggled for form so far this season after winning just two of their opening 15 games in the Championship.
This is down to a new business model which includes trimming the wage bill and transforming the playing squad into one capable of playing high-energy, attacking football.
That has proven to be difficult so far, but speaking exclusively to Football League World, Fjortoft says that the club are on the right lines as they look to build a long-term identity for the future.
He said: “The main thing for a club is to have a philosophy. I see what Boro are trying to do now and they’re building an identity.
“Obviously, Adrian Bevington (Head of Recruitment Operations) is a very good friend of mine and I know that they’re trying to put out ‘What is Boro? Boro needs to be this and that’, and that’s why, in my opinion, it’s a good choice to go for a man like Jonathan Woodgate as manager.
Are Middlesbrough right to persevere with a new philosophy despite recent poor results?
“I don’t know him as a manager. I know him as a player and what he has achieved and that he’s a man that I like, but it takes time.
“The biggest challenge for a club is to find that identity and if you keep on firing people and changing people with different philosophies then you won’t be able to do that.
“We all know that to have philosophy you have to win football games, and it’s so easy and so brutal. That’s why I hope that they’ll have patience with Jonathan Woodgate and give him a chance.”