Belfast Telegraph

Linfield players feared Jeffrey axe

By Graham Luney

Sean Ward has revealed that he and his Linfield team-mates feared they were close to costing manager David Jeffrey his job when they dropped to the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership.


The pressure mounted on Jeffrey when the Blues picked up just two points from their opening four matches, but that has eased slightly after they notched their first win of the campaign against Warrenpoint on Tuesday night.

That result also saw Linfield move up to 10th and such is the compacted nature of the table that a win over Ards today could put them into the top half.

“There has been a nervousness about us,” said Ward.

“People have been calling for the manager’s head, but nobody at the Linfield wants that to happen.

“The players would run through brick walls for him— that’s how much they want to play for him.

“I haven’t heard anyone within the club saying that they want the manager to go, but we as players have this huge responsibility and I think there has been a realisation that we are close to getting the manager the sack.”

The Blues are unbeaten in their last three league and cup games and they haven’t conceded a goal in that time either.

And Ward’s move from midfield into the defence would appear to be more than a coincidence.

“I have played in a few positions, but I have always felt that my best years were at centre-half,” said Ward.

“Keeping three clean sheets has obviously been a big help to the team, but it’s not just down to me.

“Kyle McVey has come in and he’s been superb. He does the dirty work and I just mop up behind him.”

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