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Linfield boss Warren Feeney is wanted as assistant at Newport County

By Graham Luney

Warren Feeney has been linked with a shock move to become assistant boss at Newport County.

The League Two side are reported to have made an approach to the former Northern Ireland international, who was appointed Linfield manager in April last year.

There is speculation that County, who are struggling at the bottom of the league, are hoping that Feeney will agree to link up with former Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan. Feeney played under Sheridan at Plymouth.

The Welsh side dismissed former England international Terry Butcher as their manager after recording only one win in 12 matches.

Feeney, a former striker with Cardiff City and Swansea City, clearly has his admirers in South Wales but Linfield fans would be stunned if he jumped ship only nine games into the Danske Bank Premiership campaign.

The Blues have made an impressive start and hold a four-point lead over champions Crusaders going into a heavyweight clash against Cliftonville at Solitude tomorrow.

Feeney was number two at non-league Salisbury City before becoming David Jeffrey's successor at Linfield.

The 34-year-old was thrilled to take charge of his boyhood club but he failed to grasp silverware in his first season in charge.

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