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David Jeffrey has Ballymena United on rise

By Scott Young

When I signed for Glentoran, I was taught to hate David Jeffrey. He was the enemy but I've always liked the big man because he's a larger than life character and the Irish League needs more of those.

People can tell me it's easy to win trophies as a Linfield manager but you are dealing with many players that might have big egos and you have to get the best out of them, so no-one can say it's easy. His record speaks for itself.

David was able to motivate a team to the point where his players were prepared to give everything for him and that's an unbelievable skill to have.

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Ahead of tonight's clash at Glenavon, he's three games unbeaten as Ballymena United boss and even north Belfast's finest, Crusaders and Cliftonville, could not sink his men.

David has stamped his authority on and off the pitch and if you are on the Ballymena board or even a supporter, you will believe that this guy is a winner and we'll back him all the way.

It's a different challenge for him with the Braidmen but I'm sure he will be confident of rebuilding the side.

Once their Premiership survival is secured he will set his sights on a top six place and take this provincial club to the next level.

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