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David Jeffrey is one of my heroes, reveals Linfield boss David Healy

 

Linfield manager David Healy
Linfield manager David Healy

By Steven Beacom

Linfield manager David Healy has described Ballymena United counterpart David Jeffrey as a hero to him ahead of today's crucial league meeting between their teams at Windsor Park.

Jeffrey's Ballymena pushed his old club Linfield all the way in last season's title race before Healy's men came out on top.

This time around the Blues and Sky Blues are chasing down top two Crusaders and Coleraine, who meet at Seaview this afternoon in another highly-anticipated encounter.

Healy says he has immense respect for Jeffrey, who won a staggering 31 trophies in 17 years as boss of Linfield.

"Davy was my hero. I've supported Linfield all my life and, for most of my adult life, Davy was the manager at Linfield," said Northern Ireland's record goalscorer.

"I have huge admiration for him, and to go head-to-head with someone who is an Irish League legend is what a young, inexperienced manager like me wants to do. I thrive on that.

"You want to test yourself against the best people and there is no bigger character and more successful manager in the league at the moment than Davy."

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