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'I enjoy beating Glentoran more than anyone else': Linfield boss David Healy on defying critics, sleepless nights and Northern Ireland dream job

Healy admits that a run of four defeats at the start of his Blues tenure left him with sleepless nights but Northern Ireland's record goalscorer revels in bringing silverware to his boyhood club and acknowledges that taking the job meant going from hero to zero with some local fans

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David Healy celebrates a win over Glentoran. The Linfield boss has been speaking about his playing and management career so far in a wide-ranging interview.

David Healy celebrates a win over Glentoran. The Linfield boss has been speaking about his playing and management career so far in a wide-ranging interview.

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Linfield are top of the league and favourites to win their fourth league title under Healy's management.

Linfield are top of the league and favourites to win their fourth league title under Healy's management.

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That feeling of a Big Two derby winner.

That feeling of a Big Two derby winner.

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David Healy celebrates a win over Glentoran. The Linfield boss has been speaking about his playing and management career so far in a wide-ranging interview.

When Linfield won the Irish Premiership in 2017, it was their first League title in five years - that's an eternity at Windsor Park.

David Healy broke the barren spell. As manager, he's won another couple of titles since, the Irish Cup, League Cup, County Antrim Shield and inspired the team to unexpected heroics in Europe.

All this having come into domestic football in Northern Ireland amid a blaze of publicity with people doubting him before the ink was dry on his contract. 'He doesn't know the League, he's too inexperienced, the job at Linfield will destroy him,' they said. Another was, 'He's too nice'. The country's record goalscorer still smiles at that one.


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