Manager of Linfield FC
The heat is on Linfield both in Europe and domestically, but manager David Healy has warned their biggest rivals that the Blues will not be taking their eye off the ball — even if they make a historic leap into the group stages.
I’m taking a new direction with this week’s column by treating you to a one-on-one Question & Answer session I conducted with none other than my good mate and fellow Sunday Life columnist Carl Frampton. Our former dual World champion boxer is the greatest exponent of the sport to ever come out of our wee country and it was interesting to get an insight from Carl, who is no mean footballer either. In fact, having played in several charity games with our champ, I maintain he could have made it in the Irish League had he not chosen boxing instead!
Champions League hero Kirk Millar has revealed that the Linfield players would be ‘gutted’ if David Healy ever left Windsor Park but admits the Blues boss deserves a crack at managing across the water.
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.
LINFIELD manager David Healy believes the absence of injured winger Joel Cooper for tomorrow night’s clash with Bodo/Glimt will offer another player the opportunity to shine on the European stage.
The Ethan Devine fairytale continues — and the good news for Linfield fans is the young striker is determined to write more chapters and feels he is only getting started.
Jamie Mulgrew has won Northern Ireland caps, 10 Irish League titles, seven Irish Cups, numerous other cup competitions, Player of the Year awards, is widely regarded as one of Linfield’s greatest players ever and is one of the most respected performers in Irish League history.
Linfield manager David Healy has insisted that the glory of being successful in Europe is more important to him than the money, even though the Blues are just one match away from a whopping £3m windfall.
Linfield’s Champions League destiny will be decided at Windsor Park next week, but manager David Healy will feel last night’s first qualifying round first leg tie against The New Saints at Park Hall was a chance lost.
St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson believes his former Northern Ireland team-mate David Healy is “more than capable” of managing in England or Scotland, and has expressed his surprise that the Linfield supremo hasn’t already been handed the opportunity.
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