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Healy, the Northern Ireland manager

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland star David Healy has revealed that he would consider managing his country in the future.

Healy joined up with the rest of his international team-mates today ahead of Wednesday night’s friendly with Hungary at Windsor Park, where he will win his 70th cap.

The 29-year-old Sunderland striker is planning to win many more, though when his playing career ends, he says he will look into the prospect of coaching.

And speaking in a new DVD called “David Healy, The Talisman” he has spoken about the possibility of managing Northern Ireland in years to come.

The man from Killyleagh, who has scored a record breaking 35 goals for his country, is determined to give something back to the game and would fancy helping the future generation of Northern Ireland stars.

“People have been keen to talk me into doing my coaching badges and it is something I will do,” commented Healy, in the DVD soon to be released in the shops.

“I would like to give something back to Northern Ireland, be it coaching young kids or teenagers.

“I would enjoy the coaching side of things, managing may be more difficult because I don’t have a nasty side to let people down, especially say 15- or 16- year-olds who may not be getting a contract at a club.

“Coaching is something though I will look to do and if I was doing well at a club and the opportunity to manage Northern Ireland came along in 10 or 20 years time, who knows?

“It is not an ambition at the moment, but I wouldn’t be against managing my country. “

No doubt Northern Ireland supporters, even now, would be excited by the prospect of their playing hero one day taking charge of the nation’s footballing fortunes, though that sort of dream scenario is a long way down the line.

The Green and White Army will hope that Healy will continue to deliver the goods on the pitch, with World Cup qualification the ultimate goal.

Before the campaign resumes next year, a victory over Hungary in Wednesday’s friendly would do.

“Right now though I want to continue to win as many caps and score as many goals for my country,” added Healy in the DVD in which he speaks to Jackie Fullerton about his career and his stunning exploits in the European Championship qualifying campaign.

It’s an excellent watch and will prove the perfect Christmas present for members of the Green and White Army.

David Healy, The Talisman is an inferno production in assocaition with Base Soccer and mxbrandcom and includes Healy’s all-time five international goals and the favourite strikes of his Northern Ireland team-mates and manager Nigel Worthington.

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