Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Linfield boss David Jeffrey answers critics with great European run

James Ervin(L) with Aaron Burns(c) and Jeffrey David (r) FC Linfield coach celebrate first goal. FC Skoda Xanthi v FC Linfield UEFA Europa League 2nd leg qualifiers in Xanthi, Greece. Photo by Aleksandar Djorovic/Press Eye
James Ervin(L) with Aaron Burns(c) and Jeffrey David (r) FC Linfield coach celebrate first goal. FC Skoda Xanthi v FC Linfield UEFA Europa League 2nd leg qualifiers in Xanthi, Greece. Photo by Aleksandar Djorovic/Press Eye
Jeffrey David, Linfield coach. FC Skoda Xanthi v FC Linfield UEFA Europa League 2nd leg qualifiers in Xanthi, Greece. Photo by Aleksandar Djorovic/Press Eye
Jeffrey David, Linfield coach. FC Skoda Xanthi v FC Linfield UEFA Europa League 2nd leg qualifiers in Xanthi, Greece. Photo by Aleksandar Djorovic/Press Eye

David Jeffrey would never be so bold, not in public anyway.

Yet after Thursday’s sensational win for Linfield over Skoda Xanthi in Greece, the Blues boss would surely have been forgiven for sticking two fingers up at those who demanded he be given the boot last season.

Linfield suffered the rare experience of ending the season empty-handed last year and, despite returning six Doubles in seven years prior to Cliftonville’s domination, Jeffrey came in for intense criticism.

Just three months on, Linfield have rewritten the history books twice in the space of two weeks.

Until this year, they’d only won once away from home in Europe. Now, after Aaron Burns’ winner against Xanthi on Thursday night, make that three times following the previous round’s victory over IF Fuglafjordur from the Faroe Islands.

Linfield legend Winkie Murphy, who left the club after playing in 639 games, would dearly love to have been out there in Greece playing a role in a blue shirt.

But he is ecstatic that his former boss Jeffrey has answered his critics in triumphant style.

Read the full interview only in tomorrows Sunday Life

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