Healy buoyed by new arrival Gaynor
Linfield manager David Healy says that the roller coaster ride that has been his management career to date will help him improve.
After a miserable November, this month has witnessed an upturn in fortunes for Healy and his men with Saturday's win at Ballymena United taking their unbeaten run to four games.
More experience for the managerial new-boy and more options for him to choose from have been the key to that reversal of fortunes.
Those options were increased further last night as Healy announced the signing of fullback/winger Ross Gaynor.
The 28-year-old former Dundalk, Sligo Rovers and Cork City man has penned a one-and-a-half-year deal.
"He's won the league and cup with Sligo, so he will bring a winning mentality to our squad. He will strengthen the squad and increase the competition levels and I know our supporters will welcome his arrival," said Healy.
"Maybe when I first came and I turned to the bench when I was looking for options, maybe they weren't there.
"But the lads are getting fitter because we train hard at Linfield and make sure that the boys are fully prepared so that when they play on a Tuesday night they can still recover and go on Saturday.
"Jim Magilton always says 'every day is a school day' and you're always learning and if you stop learning and stop enjoying it then you shouldn't be in the game.
"It has been a tough learning curve. Sometimes you learn more about your players and about yourself when you go through a sticky spell and I certainly learned a lot through November.
"Hopefully that can only stand me and the players in good stead going forward.
"I think that my players have the belief that we can go forward together. It's not going to be one to 11, it's a squad, it's going to be 18 or 19. That's what we have most nights at training and that's the desire we will need."
That will be the case for Healy this weekend in his first Big Two match as boss, but the dyed in the wool Blueman is no stranger to the fixture against Glentoran.
"I'm looking forward to it, and I said to the players that I haven't been to The Oval since I used to go and hurl abuse with a Linfield scarf on!" he joked
"I can't wait, it's going to be an honour. It's an honour and a privilege for me to be the manager of this club. I'm privileged to be taking the club to The Oval on Boxing Day with a big desire, a big attitude and hopefully come away with the right result."