Warren Feeney has backed David Healy to do what he couldn't at Linfield and win silverware.
And the former Blues boss has claimed that the squad he left behind was strong enough to enable his successor to compete.
Healy is already feeling the heat at Windsor Park, just six weeks into his reign, with the Blues losing their last four league games.
Feeney has also been criticised for leaving behind a weak squad, but he believes he made the right decision in letting certain players go.
"Billy Joe Burns had already decided to leave when I took the job - he left and got a pay rise," said Feeney.
"I decided to let Michael Gault go and then I had a decision to make on Mark McAllister, but I believe I have been proved right in the decisions that I made.
"In terms of bringing players in, Crusaders are tying up their players long-term and keeping the squad together.
"They are also doing what Linfield did years ago, going out and picking up the best players from the other clubs around the league, but David will turn it around and be successful."