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Blues to reward Manager of the Year Healy with new deal

Top man: David Healy receives his Manager of the Year award from sponsor Paul McLean (McLean Bookmakers)
Top man: David Healy receives his Manager of the Year award from sponsor Paul McLean (McLean Bookmakers)

By Steven Beacom

Linfield are planning to open talks with boss David Healy about signing a contract extension.

Healy, who was last night named Manager of the Year at the annual NI Football Awards, inspired the Blues to league title and League Cup glory this season and the Linfield hierarchy are keen to reward Northern Ireland's record goalscorer for that success and keep him at the club long-term.

They extended his deal after he led Linfield to a treble in the 2016-17 season, and following a double this time around it is understood chairman Roy McGivern and the board would like to do the same.

The 39-year-old has 12 months left on his contract. He is believed to be content at Windsor Park and is determined to win more silverware to make the Blues the dominant force in the Irish League.

Healy took charge in October 2015 and since then has guided Linfield to five trophies, including two league titles. Already working to sign new players for next season, Healy praised his backroom staff and players after being named Manager of the Year.

He said: "This trophy says more about the players and the backroom staff than me individually. It's about the team and what we have achieved this season."

Influential Linfield defender Jimmy Callacher was the Player of the Year, while Ballymena United teenager Kofi Balmer took the Young Player of the Year prize.

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