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McAllister hails Linfield boss Jeffrey for handling the heat

By Graham Luney

Mark McAllister says David Jeffrey deserves huge respect for soldiering on through turbulent moments at Windsor Park.

Four doubles in five seasons would have made many managers bullet proof but not at Linfield where the team is expected to win not only every trophy they enter, but every game they play.

And even though Linfield are almost home and hosed in the title race, it has not always been plain sailing for them this season.

A commanding lead was wiped away by a consistent Crusaders side but Jeffrey and his players held their nerve.

League titles aren’t just handed out — they have to be earned and Linfield got the results that leave them on the brink of a famous 50th title.

There was even more pressure on the Blues this season as the club’s 125th anniversary party is in full swing but Jeffrey should be used to that heat by now.

“The manager has been under a lot of pressure at times,” admitted McAllister.

“When Linfield are well ahead of other teams that’s just what the fans have come to expect but when things don’t go according to plan then a crisis is never far away so it’s a no-win situation really for the manager.

“The players feel for him but he’s big enough to handle the pressure and he’s proved that.

“Such is the nature of life at Linfield that when one trophy is won it’s a case of when is the next one coming?

“The goals, demands and expectation levels never change and only trophies will keep the fans happy.”

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