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Defiant Jeffrey: Linfield crisis will bottom out

By Stuart McKinley

Under-pressure Linfield manager David Jeffrey has come out fighting over his team's rock bottom Irish League position by bullishly declaring: 'we'll not be there for long.'

The Blues are rooted to the bottom for the first time in living memory after failing to win any of their opening four league games.

Their current form is in stark contrast to six weeks ago when they won three successive matches in the Europa League without conceding a goal and only failed to make the third round when they lost to Greek side Xanthi on away goals.

"I have had two firsts this year," said Jeffrey.

"It's the first time that this club or any Irish League club has won three games in Europe. And it's the first time when I have been at Linfield, in any capacity, that we have ever been bottom of the league, the caveat thank goodness is it's only four games gone – and we'll not be there for long."

Jeffrey will come under more pressure if Linfield don't win their two matches in the next week, which are away to the two teams immediately above them in the table – the newly promoted duo of Warrenpoint Town tomorrow night and Ards on Saturday.

Former Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has been mentioned as a possible replacement if the Blues lose patience and axe Jeffrey.

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