Scott Brown says the Peterhead players would love Jim McInally to stay on as manager.
The Blue Toon boss has spent this week considering his future after defeat to Stenhousemuir in the League One play-off final last Saturday.
McInally had said he would step down if he couldn’t take the Buchan team back into League One.
But he was asked to reconsider by the club and midfielder Brown insists all the players want him to stay on at Balmoor.
He said: “From my point of view, I’d love the gaffer to stay and I’d love Davie Nicholls (assistant manager) and Stuart Hogg (fitness coach) to stay as well.
“They’ve been great for me personally and I just hope they remain in charge.
“We know what the gaffer is like as a man – he’s honourable and he respects the club.
“He might feel he’s let the club down by not taking us back up this season.
“It’s his decision, at the end of the day, and I can only speak from my point of view and from the players’ point of view.
“But everybody wants him to stay and everybody would love him to stay. I think, as players, we owe him it to try to get promoted next season.”
McInally felt he had let the club down by failing to win promotion but Brown added: “You could say we have let the club down as a group.
“But I’ve looked back over the season and we’ve done very well. In the league, it was incredible to get the number of points we did (76) and not win the league.
“I think in each of the last five seasons that would have been enough to win the league.
“We feel we have let the club down but when you’ve had time to reflect you can see it was a good season, but fair play to Montrose for pipping us.”
Brown has signed a new contract which will keep him at Peterhead next season and he insists it was an easy decision to stay with the Blue Toon; he hopes next season they can make up for missing out on promotion in this campaign.
He said: “I’m signed up again for next season and hopefully we can give the fans something to cheer about next season.
“We need to go back and start the way we finished this season.
“We have to use our disappointment as a driver for next season.
“We obviously want to win the league next season and we’ll try our best when we come back.
“I’ve loved my time at Peterhead and it’s kind of the first time that I’ve played week-in, week-out.
“A couple of years ago Livingston came in for me but I decided to stay because the manager and the club have been really good for me. So there was no difficulty in signing a contract for next season because playing for Peterhead is something I’m enjoying and I don’t see why it shouldn’t continue.”