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European heroics with Linfield could see David Healy follow in Michael O’Neill’s footsteps

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Michael O’Neill gestures during the Europa League Group A match between Tottenham and Shamrock Rovers back in 2011

Michael O’Neill gestures during the Europa League Group A match between Tottenham and Shamrock Rovers back in 2011

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Linfield manager David Healy and his players celebrate the defeat of Bodo/Glimt at Windsor Park. Photo: Pacemaker

Linfield manager David Healy and his players celebrate the defeat of Bodo/Glimt at Windsor Park. Photo: Pacemaker

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Michael O’Neill gestures during the Europa League Group A match between Tottenham and Shamrock Rovers back in 2011

Michael O’Neill won back-to-back league titles and the Setanta Cup as manager of Shamrock Rovers but it was his heroics in Europe with the Dublin club that made the Irish Football Association sit up and take notice, eventually leading to him becoming Northern Ireland’s most successful boss since Billy Bingham.

David Healy has enjoyed even greater domestic glory, guiding Linfield to five titles in six years, a double and a treble, yet, like O’Neill, it is his achievements in European football that will bring new admirers more than his triumphs on the home front.


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