Bristol City captain Skuse hopes O'Driscoll factor can inspire win at Elland Road
Bristol City skipper Cole Skuse is hoping the arrival of Sean O'Driscoll can inspire a return to winning ways for the Championship's basement team.
Appointed head coach at the start of this week, O'Driscoll takes charge of his first game against Leeds United at Elland Road tomorrow.
And Skuse admits he and his team-mates have something to prove to the man who succeeded the sacked Derek Mcinnes.
He told The Post: "They say that when a new manager comes in, it gives the squad a boost. We are certainly hoping that is the case on Saturday.
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"It is a fresh start for everyone and we all have to prove ourselves to a new man now.
"Those who have not been playing much will feel they now have an opportunity to impress, while those of us who have been in the team must prove we are worthy of the shirt.
"I know we should be on top of our game and fired up every week, but a new manager does make a difference.
"If there is going to be a honeymoon period, then there is no better place for that to start than at Leeds on Saturday."
O'Driscoll has presided over just three training sessions this week and Skuse and his colleagues are still to familiarise themselves with the head coach's methods and philosophy.
He said: "Every manager is different. Every manager has their own way of training and their own style of playing and it is difficult to compare.
"Sean O'Driscoll has put down his marker and training has been hard and intense.
"He has got straight into the work and has given it a good go in the few days he has been in. He has showed us clips of Leeds and told us what he wants us to do.
"We have also had a chat about where we are and he believes we can get out of trouble."
Skuse had already returned home following last Saturday's 4-0 home defeat to Leicester when he heard the news of McInnes' dismissal.
He revealed: "Derek phoned me on Saturday night to tell me he had lost his job and I was a bit shocked.
"It was a strange feeling, because I had a good relationship with the previous manager and he had made me captain.
"I think he is a good bloke and I believe he has the qualities needed to be successful elsewhere.
"As always in these situations, the players have to take responsibility and it was our performances that got the manager the sack."