Belfast Telegraph

Boss makes strong impression, but big tests lie ahead

In conversation: David Healy
In conversation: David Healy

By Steven Beacom

David Healy looked and sounded every inch the manager. At his official unveiling as Linfield's latest boss at the Ramada Plaza hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland's greatest ever goalscorer, wearing a sharp suit, spoke with clarity, focus and determination about his ambitions for the club. There was humour too. Healy has always enjoyed a laugh.

The serious stuff began in earnest last night when he took his first training session with the Linfield players, most of whom would idolise him for all that he did at Windsor Park as an international player.

Forget that, said Healy.

He stated: "I have already told them that my playing career is over and I am at Linfield as the manager. I want them to respect me for that, not for the player I was."

He spoke about his intention to have a winning mentality at the club, his aim to oversee everything at Linfield from the youth structure to the first team, only signing the right type of players and about contacting some of the managers he has played for to ask for advice...perhaps even Sir Alex Ferguson if he can find his phone number!

He also insisted that despite his nice guy image he was no soft touch declaring his team won't be either.

It was an impressive start as Blues boss. Now for the hard bit... winning games to keep the demanding Linfield fans happy!

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