Andy Waterworth insists it is time for Linfield to “pull together” and start delivering on the pitch for new boss David Healy.
Healy has stepped into the managerial hot-seat at Windsor Park after agreeing a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Blues.
It has been hailed as a significant statement of intent from the Belfast giants, but striker Waterworth insists the arrival of Northern Ireland’s record goalscorer won’t suddenly transform the club’s recent dip in form.
Healy will make his Linfield bow on Saturday afternoon against basement side Warrenpoint Town at Milltown, and Waterworth says the hard work starts now.
“Just because David Healy is our new manager doesn’t mean a magic wand will suddenly be waved and results will follow.
“The players all need to pull together, roll our sleeves up and start delivering on the pitch,” he said.
“A manager is always judged on results, and how the players perform. So we need to be ready for the games coming up and produce the goods.”
Waterworth admits he was “surprised but very pleased” when Healy - who scored 36 goals in 95 Northern Ireland appearances - was named as Linfield’s new boss.
The 36-year-old succeeds former international teammate Warren Feeney, who resigned last week to take up the post of assistant manager at English League Two side Newport County.
“We were surprised but very pleased when we heard David had been appointed,” said Waterworth.
“He is someone I’ve always been in awe of and looked up to as a player.
“To see him at training wearing the Linfield badge is a bit surreal, but it’s also uplifting.
“We first met the manager on Wednesday night and he had a brief chat with us.
“He was then out on the training pitch with us on Thursday night.
“It’s great to have him on board, but we know we have to produce for him on the pitch now.”
Linfield have gone three games without victory since defeating Glenavon 4-3 in the Premiership on September 29.
Wednesday’s JBE League Cup defeat to Ballinamallard United came on the back of successive league draws with Cliftonville and Glentoran.
“We have to address recent results,” added Waterworth.
“The past couple of weeks have been a bit topsy turvy off the pitch, with Warren leaving and the new gaffer installed, but we have to knuckle down and start winning games again.”
Today’s fixtures: Ballinamallard United v Crusaders; Cliftonville v Portadown; Coleraine v Dungannon Swifts, Glenavon v Ballymena United; Glentoran v Carrick Rangers; Warrenpoint Town v Linfield.