David Jeffrey has experienced many title battles in the past, but even the Linfield manager has admitted that he does not know how the JJB Sports Premiership will turn out this season.
The Blues are one point behind Glentoran with just five games left and with the new top six/bottom six split in the top flight of the Irish League coming into operation on Good Friday when the Big Two meet at the Oval, it is set for for a thrilling finish.
Jeffrey, who has won six titles as Linfield boss, feels it is the most unpredictable title race he has been involved in.
“In the past I have plotted the way things would pan out, but this season to be honest I don’t know what is going to happen next,” said Jeffrey.
“It has been the most intriguing season since I’ve been in charge of Linfield.
“And given all that has gone at the club this season, building a new team and having all the injuries we had, it would probably rank up there with the first time we won a title when I was boss.
“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves though because it really is too close to call at the present time.
“We will now play the other top teams in the league to decide the destination of the title and effectively we have five cup finals ahead of us.
“Some of the players have been involved in tense title run-ins before but for a change we have quite a number who haven’t been down this road, such as Michael Carvill, Robert Garrett, Kevin McHugh, Paul Munster, Mark McAllister and Jamie Tomelty so it will be interesting to see how they react to the situation. I believe it will be positive.
“We are in good form going into the final stretch.
“I know we don’t play again until Good Friday but I don’t mind that break.
“It gives us all time to catch breath before what I’m sure will be an incredible finish to the season.”