Ridgewell reckons Clarke has taken all the recent strife in his stride.
He said: “He has just been cool. He wasn’t too high when we were doing well and he has not been too low in what people are calling a bad moment now.
“The manager has been great in that respect. He’s kept everyone on an even keel and we’re just trying to keep it level, really.
“The gaffer’s been the same throughout. He’s been mellow all the way through and he wants to do well as much for himself as we all want to do for the club.
“It’s easy to forget that he’s new to management, so it’s an experience for him – he’s working as hard as anyone else to get it right.”