St Mirren manager Danny Lennon says stability is vital to keeping his club successful this season and in the future.
The former Cowdenbeath boss is in his third season with the Paisley side, having seen the Buddies record a higher league finish each season.
Lennon says he sees many similarities with Saturday’s opponents Ross County who built slowly during two spells under boss Derek Adams.
St Mirren assistant Tommy Craig has strong links with Newcastle United who handed an eight-year contract to boss Alan Pardew this week.
And Lennon says that kind of stability combined with the nature of the SPL allows managers to lay the foundations for success.
He said: “There’s a product we are trying to put out on a week-to-week basis to go out there and entertain our wonderful supporters and there’s certainly been progression in that way.
“I just read yesterday that Alan Pardew signed an eight-year extension down at Newcastle and that’s absolutely fantastic looking that far into the future and try and get stability in your club.
“I think if you look at Manchester United as a great role model at this minute in time. They are producing year in and year out and we’re at the early stage of building where we want this club to be.
“But if we can keep making the small steps together from the fans all the way to the top I’m sure we will be successful in the future.”
Ross County’s 40-game unbeaten league record came to a close last week when they were beaten 2-1 by St Johnstone.
But asked whether that would make St Mirren’s task easier when the two teams meet, Lennon said: “Certainly not, they’re a very difficult team to break down.
“I must give a great deal of credit to Derek Adams and his players. To go and do that run in the two hardest leagues in Scotland, Derek deserved his manager of the month award.”