Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

DJ’s new Linfield deal just perfect, says Bailie

Linfield captain Noel Bailie believes the club’s board have given the team a boost by handing manager David Jeffrey a new contract.

With the Blues targeting an amazing fifth league and cup double in six years, Jeffrey has signed a one-year rolling contract at Windsor Park, replacing the deal that was due to expire at the end of the current campaign.

And while Bailie is focused on fighting his way back into Jeffrey’s first-team line-up, he expects the dressing room to feed off the move made by the management committee.

“If the club thinks that the manager is doing a good job then that brings stability all-round and that can only be a good thing for Linfield,” said Bailie.

“Overall everything’s going well at the minute. We’re in a good position in the league, five points clear at the top, the manager has got a new contract and now it’s all about trying to keep things positive.

“The manager being given a new contract can only help.”

Bailie has made just seven appearances this season, the last in early October and even after 1,009 games for the club he is itching for a return.

“I didn’t sign a new contract last year to play seven matches this season. I’m fit and want to play,” he said.

e NEUTRAL venues have been scrapped in this season’s Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-finals.

Instead, in a break from the norm, when the draw for the last four is made today, the first team out of the hat will enjoy home advantage.