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New colours: David Jeffrey has swapped royal blue for sky blue as he gets to grips with his new surroundings at the Ballymena

New colours: David Jeffrey has swapped royal blue for sky blue as he gets to grips with his new surroundings at the Ballymena

David Jeffrey 1982.

David Jeffrey 1982.

avid Jeffrey Linfield FC Player. 6/11/84. Pacemaker.

avid Jeffrey Linfield FC Player. 6/11/84. Pacemaker.

David Jeffrey 1987. Pacemaker.

David Jeffrey 1987. Pacemaker.

David Jeffrey in 1989.

David Jeffrey in 1989.

Jeffrey in '87.

Jeffrey in '87.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey April 2007.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey April 2007.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey and Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter ahead of JJB Sports Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park in May 2012.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey and Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter ahead of JJB Sports Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park in May 2012.

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Linfield manager David Jeffrey celebrates winning the JJB Sports Irish Cup after defeating Crusaders in the final at Windsor Park in 2012. Pressye.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey celebrates winning the JJB Sports Irish Cup after defeating Crusaders in the final at Windsor Park in 2012. Pressye.

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Linfield manager David Jeffrey celebrates winning the JJB Sports Irish Cup after defeating Crusaders in the final at Windsor Park in 2012.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey celebrates winning the JJB Sports Irish Cup after defeating Crusaders in the final at Windsor Park in 2012.

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Linfield manager David Jeffrey celebrates winning the JJB Sports Irish Cup after defeating Crusaders in the final at Windsor Park in 2012. Presseye

Linfield manager David Jeffrey celebrates winning the JJB Sports Irish Cup after defeating Crusaders in the final at Windsor Park in 2012. Presseye

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Linfield manager David Jeffrey walks up the tunnel with the JJB Sports Irish Cup after defeating Crusaders in the final at Windsor Park in May 2012. PressEye.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey walks up the tunnel with the JJB Sports Irish Cup after defeating Crusaders in the final at Windsor Park in May 2012. PressEye.

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Linfield manager David Jeffrey celebrates winning the JJB Sports Irish Cup after defeating Crusaders in the final at Windsor Park in 2012.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey celebrates winning the JJB Sports Irish Cup after defeating Crusaders in the final at Windsor Park in 2012.

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David Jeffrey at Seaview in 2012.

David Jeffrey at Seaview in 2012.

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Jeffrey after a 4-0 win  over Coagh United in 2012.

Jeffrey after a 4-0 win over Coagh United in 2012.

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February 2012.

February 2012.

Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Pre

November   2011.

November 2011.

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Linfield v Portadown 2011.

Linfield v Portadown 2011.

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Linfield v Portadown. 2011. Pressye

Linfield v Portadown. 2011. Pressye

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October 2011. Pressye.

October 2011. Pressye.

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Linfield manager David Jeffrey reads the riot act.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey reads the riot act.

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Linfield manager David Jeffrey is congratulated by Portadown counterpart Ronnie McFall in 2010.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey is congratulated by Portadown counterpart Ronnie McFall in 2010.

Lisburn Distillery v Linfield. 2011. Presseye.

Lisburn Distillery v Linfield. 2011. Presseye.

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Linfield's  manager David Jeffrey celebrates victory over Glenavon during 2011 Carling Premiership game at Mourneview Park.

Linfield's manager David Jeffrey celebrates victory over Glenavon during 2011 Carling Premiership game at Mourneview Park.

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Linfield manager David Jeffrey during  at the City Stadium in Borisov, Belarus ahead of the Champions League second qualifying round second leg game against FC BATE in 2011.

Linfield manager David Jeffrey during at the City Stadium in Borisov, Belarus ahead of the Champions League second qualifying round second leg game against FC BATE in 2011.

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Pre-season friendly Linfield v Rangers at Windsor Park Belfast. 2011 Pressye.

Pre-season friendly Linfield v Rangers at Windsor Park Belfast. 2011 Pressye.

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Linfield Football Club Manager David Jeffrey 2011. Presseye

Linfield Football Club Manager David Jeffrey 2011. Presseye

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JJB Sports Irish Cup Final - Linfield v Crusaders in 2011. Presseye.

JJB Sports Irish Cup Final - Linfield v Crusaders in 2011. Presseye.

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JJB Sports Irish Cup Final - Linfield v Crusaders, 2011. Presseye.

JJB Sports Irish Cup Final - Linfield v Crusaders, 2011. Presseye.

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JJB Sports Irish Cup Final - Linfield v Crusaders, 2011. Presseye

JJB Sports Irish Cup Final - Linfield v Crusaders, 2011. Presseye

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John Barnes and David Jeffrey at the Linfield FC 125th Anniversary Dinner - City Hall Belfast 27th May 2011. Presseye.

John Barnes and David Jeffrey at the Linfield FC 125th Anniversary Dinner - City Hall Belfast 27th May 2011. Presseye.

JJB Sports Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park, 2008. Presseye.

JJB Sports Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park, 2008. Presseye.

Mandatory Byline.....William Che

Carnegie Premier League - Crusaders v Linfield, 2008. Presseye

Carnegie Premier League - Crusaders v Linfield, 2008. Presseye

Mandatory Byline.....William Che

Setanta Sports Cup, Richmond Park 2008. INPHO/Donall Farmer

Setanta Sports Cup, Richmond Park 2008. INPHO/Donall Farmer

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Setanta Sports Cup, Windsor Park_Linfield v Drogheda United April 2007. Presseye

Setanta Sports Cup, Windsor Park_Linfield v Drogheda United April 2007. Presseye

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David Jeffrey, manager of the Irish League Select side,  at  the announcement of the Irish League squad to play the Conference select in 2006.

David Jeffrey, manager of the Irish League Select side, at the announcement of the Irish League squad to play the Conference select in 2006.

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UEFA Champions League Q1 - Dinamo Zagreb vs Linfield. 2008.

UEFA Champions League Q1 - Dinamo Zagreb vs Linfield. 2008.

Mandatory Byline.....William Che

UEFA Champions League Q1 - Dinamo Zagreb vs Linfield. 2008.

UEFA Champions League Q1 - Dinamo Zagreb vs Linfield. 2008.

Mandatory Byline.....William Che

Linfield's David Jeffrey in the dressing room celebrates lifting the JJB Sports Irish Cup and complete a hat-trick of doubles after defeating Coleraine in 2008.

Linfield's David Jeffrey in the dressing room celebrates lifting the JJB Sports Irish Cup and complete a hat-trick of doubles after defeating Coleraine in 2008.

Mandatory Byline.....William Che

Linfield's coaches Brian McLaughlin and Alfie Wylie celebrate David Jeffrey's 31st trophy success as manager. Linfield beat Crusaders in the County Antrim Shield in 2014. Pacemaker.

Linfield's coaches Brian McLaughlin and Alfie Wylie celebrate David Jeffrey's 31st trophy success as manager. Linfield beat Crusaders in the County Antrim Shield in 2014. Pacemaker.

Manager David Jeffrey with the manager of the year award and he also picked up Player of the year for his centre half William Murphy in 2007. Pacemaker.

Manager David Jeffrey with the manager of the year award and he also picked up Player of the year for his centre half William Murphy in 2007. Pacemaker.

David Jeffrey celebrates the achievement of a triple double in 2008. Pacemaker.

David Jeffrey celebrates the achievement of a triple double in 2008. Pacemaker.

Linfield v Crusaders Irish Cup Final. 2011. Pacemaker.

Linfield v Crusaders Irish Cup Final. 2011. Pacemaker.

Linfield's manager David Jeffrey is held high by the fans after clinching the title in 2006. Pacemaker

Linfield's manager David Jeffrey is held high by the fans after clinching the title in 2006. Pacemaker

While his team are out celebrating the championship manager David Jeffrey takes time to reflect on his long season with a puff on his pipe in 2006. Pacemaker

While his team are out celebrating the championship manager David Jeffrey takes time to reflect on his long season with a puff on his pipe in 2006. Pacemaker

Linfield's Glenn Ferguson and manager David Jeffrey crack the bubbly as they celebrate after clinching the title in 2006.

Linfield's Glenn Ferguson and manager David Jeffrey crack the bubbly as they celebrate after clinching the title in 2006.

 Jeffrey celebrates a win over Glenavon in 2007. Pacemaker

Jeffrey celebrates a win over Glenavon in 2007. Pacemaker

Linfield manager David Jeffrey relaxes in the boot room with the Irish Cup in 2006. Pacemaker

Linfield manager David Jeffrey relaxes in the boot room with the Irish Cup in 2006. Pacemaker

V for Victory - 2006. Pacemaker.

V for Victory - 2006. Pacemaker.

A Happy Chappie" Linfield manager strides to the changing room with three points in his pocket and a place booked in the CIS quarterfinals in 2006.

A Happy Chappie" Linfield manager strides to the changing room with three points in his pocket and a place booked in the CIS quarterfinals in 2006.

Jeffrey holds back the tears after his final match in charge of Linfield in 2014.

Jeffrey holds back the tears after his final match in charge of Linfield in 2014.

Jeffrey holds back the tears after his final match in charge of Linfield in 2014.

Jeffrey holds back the tears after his final match in charge of Linfield in 2014.

Jeffrey holds back the tears after his final match in charge of Linfield. Pacemaker.

Jeffrey holds back the tears after his final match in charge of Linfield. Pacemaker.

Blues boss David Jeffrey waves a farewell to Linfield fans in 2014. Pacemaker.

Blues boss David Jeffrey waves a farewell to Linfield fans in 2014. Pacemaker.

Jeffrey in his final match in charge of Linfield holds the hands of his god children as he is given a guard of honour in 2014. Pacemaker

Jeffrey in his final match in charge of Linfield holds the hands of his god children as he is given a guard of honour in 2014. Pacemaker

New colours: David Jeffrey has swapped royal blue for sky blue as he gets to grips with his new surroundings at the Ballymena

New colours: David Jeffrey has swapped royal blue for sky blue as he gets to grips with his new surroundings at the Ballymena

New colours: David Jeffrey has swapped royal blue for sky blue as he gets to grips with his new surroundings at the Ballymena

When I signed for Glentoran, I was taught to hate David Jeffrey. He was the enemy but I've always liked the big man because he's a larger than life character and the Irish League needs more of those.

People can tell me it's easy to win trophies as a Linfield manager but you are dealing with many players that might have big egos and you have to get the best out of them, so no-one can say it's easy. His record speaks for itself.

David was able to motivate a team to the point where his players were prepared to give everything for him and that's an unbelievable skill to have.

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Ahead of tonight's clash at Glenavon, he's three games unbeaten as Ballymena United boss and even north Belfast's finest, Crusaders and Cliftonville, could not sink his men.

David has stamped his authority on and off the pitch and if you are on the Ballymena board or even a supporter, you will believe that this guy is a winner and we'll back him all the way.

It's a different challenge for him with the Braidmen but I'm sure he will be confident of rebuilding the side.

Once their Premiership survival is secured he will set his sights on a top six place and take this provincial club to the next level.

Belfast Telegraph