Belfast Telegraph

Healy's hero to hate figure jolt

By Stuart McKinley

David Healy is determined not to be deflected from his mission of leading Linfield back to the top of Northern Ireland football, despite going from hero to zero in the eyes of some rival fans.

As the country's record goalscorer he was idolised as a player, but now, as Linfield manager, he has come in for abuse from rival supporters.

"Northern Ireland meant so much to me to play for and represent. To score the goals and the amount of caps that I had," said Healy. "I always try to be respectful to the clubs that we play against, whoever it is.

"A lot of these people are Northern Ireland supporters, so I try to be thankful and grateful for their support and the backing that I had. Some of the opposition fans might see it a bit differently, but I can't do anything about that.

"I am doing a job managing, in my eyes, the biggest club in the country and hopefully the status that I built up playing from 20 to 34 for Northern Ireland will always be there.

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