Richard Clarke is wary of new boss factor with Alan Kernaghan at Glentoran
Richard Clarke admits Crusaders will have to resist a new manager bounce on Saturday.
Glentoran boss Alan Kernaghan couldn't face a tougher start to his Oval reign than a journey across town to face champions Crusaders.
The Crues may be three points clear at the Danske Bank Premiership summit after the 1-0 victory at Linfield last weekend but Clarke knows that Glentoran players will be hungry to show the new man in charge what they can do.
Midfielder Clarke won the Irish Cup, League Cup and County Antrim Shield during a four and a half year spell at the Glens and he wasn't surprised to hear Kernaghan express a desire to challenge for Crusaders' crown. "When a new manager comes to a football club there's a new bounce in the sense that every player feels they have a point to prove," said Clarke.
"Cliftonville stepped up a gear when Gerard Lyttle took the job and you can also see it at clubs like Leicester City where the slate is wiped clean and every player has a chance to earn the new manager's respect.
"I went to Glentoran to challenge for honours and you expect to hear that desire to win the major trophies. It's been a while since they won the league title (2009) and they will be looking to move back in that direction.
"I'm sure Alan will do a good job but I hope he doesn't get his first win on Saturday."