Stephen Baxter is confident his touchline ban will not have a negative impact on Crusaders’ title challenge.
The Irish FA’s disciplinary committee handed Baxter a seven-match ban following his dismissal in the Boxing Day clash against Cliftonville.
The committee found Baxter guilty of indiscipline — not of using “foul and abusive language” as referee Adrian McCourt had originally claimed.
Baxter will begin his touchline suspension at home to Dungannon Swifts on Saturday.
“I’ll have to put a big coat on now,” said Baxter. “I will manage the club as best I can but guys like Terry (Moore), Roy (McDonald) and Charlie (Murphy) are very capable people who know the game inside out.
“The only difficulty is I cannot talk to the players at half-time but I’m happy that it will not be a major problem to us. It’s not an ideal scenario but everyone will be working hard to win football matches. It is what it is and we have to get on with it and do the best we can.”