Chris Hughton says Iain Dowie has worked wonders at Crystal Palace.
The former Luton and West Ham striker took over at Selhurst Park after doing a fine in charge of Oldham with Palace at the wrong end of the First Division table.
He took them on a run of just three defeats in 21 games to squeeze into the final play-off spot.
A semi-final win against Sunderland followed before toppling West Ham at Cardiff to take their place in the Barclays Premiership.
"He's done fantastic at Palace," said Chris. "I'm sure he would say that the credit for it all goes to the players but he's the one who has formulated it, brought in the players, got the atmospere and the team spirit. He's done superbly."
After an expected tough start and waiting eight games for their first win in the top flight, Palace put together a run of three wins and a draw against Arsenal in four games but arrive at the Lane without a win since October and back in the bottom three.
"It was always going to be a difficult season for them however well they started because they climbed so quickly," added Chris. "They did it such a short period of time and that makes it harder to sustain.
"But they have enough quality in there to worry teams, some good footballers in midfield and in Johnson up front a striker being talked of in England terms."