Fulham manager Kit Symons says Alan Curbishley has been “a massive help” since joining the Whites last month.
Former Charlton boss Curbishley, 57, rejoined the Championship strugglers last month in an advisory capacity.
“He has got a real assuredness and calmness about him. He fits in perfectly with what we want to do,” Symons said.
“My staff are young, diligent and hard-working. We haven’t got experience and Curbs has got that in abundance.”
Curbishley, who spent 15 years in charge at The Valley between 1991 and 2006, had a brief stint as Fulham’s technical director last season.
He left Craven Cottage in February 2014 – less than two months after his appointment – when Felix Magath became manager.
Symons took charge of Fulham following Magath’s dismissal in September. It is the Welshman’s first permanent managerial job and he says Curbishley has been able to offer him advice.
“He has got an opinion on everything but he doesn’t ram it down your throat,” the 44-year-old added.
“I’m constantly asking him his opinion on different things and he is really growing into it.
“It has only been for a short period so far but it has worked very well.”
Fulham have won one of their last seven games and are currently eight points above the relegation zone.
Curbishley’s deal at Craven Cottage runs until the end of the season but Symons says there is a chance he could extend his stay.
“He’s been laughing at me, and the stress I have been under, in the last few weeks,” Symons said.
“He’s really enjoying this role and I’m enjoying having him alongside me.
“We’ll get to the end of the season, address it, and go from there.”