Coleraine reaping rewards: Jeffrey
David Jeffrey believes Coleraine's surprise title push has shown that patience pays off.
The Bannsiders' challenge has been one of the stories of the season, with Oran Kearney's side still in the chase as the campaign enters its crucial final weeks.
But whatever happens between now and May, it has been a personal triumph for Kearney, the league's second longest serving manager.
It hasn't always been a smooth ride - in 2014 he was under real pressure after a bad run.
However, the club stuck by him, and he has shaped Coleraine into one of the league's most impressive sides.
Tomorrow they face derby rivals Ballymena, needing three points to keep the heat on leaders Crusaders.
Jeffrey, who clocked up more than 17 years at Linfield, believes it underlines the importance of patience.
"Longevity and stability - there is a lot to be said for it," he said.
"I suppose Bryan McLaughlin and I know that because we were 17 and a half years at Linfield.
"If you stick with people, more times than not it proves fruitful."
Kearney took over at Coleraine in February 2011, only Crues boss Stephen Baxter has been in charge longer - since early 2005.
Danske Bank Premiership
Ballymena Showgrounds, Tomorrow, 3.00pm