Portadown boss Ronnie McFall believes the Irish League landscape will be a duller place without David Jeffrey.
Jeffrey is set to stand down as Linfield boss at the end of the season following 17 stellar years at Windsor Park.
The 51-year-old is the club’s longest-serving manager, and on Tuesday night he equalled Roy Coyle’s record of 31 trophies as Linfield claimed the County Antrim Shield.
Jeffrey is now targeting a 10th title with the club, with the Blues sitting two points clear at the top of the Premiership with eight games remaining – the next of which is Saturday’s trip to McFall’s Ports.
“I have known David very well for a number of years. He is a character and he will be missed,” McFall said.
“I don’t know what the future holds for him, but he has served Linfield with distinction and his record is second to none.”
McFall insists sentiment will “go out the window” this afternoon when the pair go head-to-head again.
“We want to finish third to guarantee European football, so we have our own objectives,” McFall added.
“We are on a good run at present and we want to keep that going from now to the end of the season. We have eight games remaining and they are all cup finals.
“The players have responded brilliantly. When we exited the Irish Cup some people thought our season would peter out, but we have bounced back.
“So we know what we have to do to make sure we qualify for Europe, and hopefully we can get three points on Saturday to boost that quest.
“It will be a tough challenge but it is one we are looking forward to.”