David Jeffrey on Linfield 'circus'

Published Friday, 02 May 2014
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The former Linfield boss David Jeffrey has talked to UTV Sport about his decision to step down, his successor Warren Feeney, and the high expectations that come with managing one of the biggest clubs in the Irish league.

David Jeffrey on Linfield 'circus'
David Jeffrey spoke to UTV Sport about his time with Linfield. (© UTV)

David Jeffrey led his players out for the final time last Saturday as he brought his 17-year career in charge of the Blues to an end with a win over Glenavon.

He said it had been a "very difficult" decision but that he felt it was the right time.

David Jeffrey explained: "In the cold light of day it was quite simple because it was becoming a wee bit of a circus, despite all of the success and what we'd achieved, despite the fact we were rebuilding there was the feeling that no matter what you do, if you lose one or lose two it was crisis period.I really felt that it was the right time for me certainly for the club."

He added that his last game in charge had been a "super" day and that the club's decision to announce his successor 15 minutes after the final whistle was up to them.

"What I would say is it was probably the worst kept secret in the country, everybody knew Warren had the job and the club felt they had to make an official announcement," he said.

"As for me, I had a wonderful day. We had a fantastic time with the game, my God children there, we're out in the pitch, I was getting applause from the Glenavon supporters as well as the blue men and women, so the club choose when to put it out and that was up to them.

"I had a super day."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Mark in Belfast wrote (269 days ago):
I look forward to see how Davy gets on without the massive resource advantage that Linfield holds over the rest of the clubs in the league. If he then is a success then he deserves full credit, but only then. No disrespect to Celtic but them winning at the minute is no great achievement given the resource advantage over the other clubs, Linfield has held this advantage since the 1985 Windsor agreement.
Alcudia, Majorca in Alcudia, Majorca wrote (269 days ago):
darren wise up davy said he wanted to go and linfield realised that if he stayed on he couldnt achieve any more they need a fresh start any theyre going to get it with warren
Davy in shankill wrote (270 days ago):
Adrian, the Clown your talking about was one of the main players at bringing Linfield out of the dark ages.David did not care what religion you were, if you were good enough, and fitted into the wage structure, he welcomed you with open arms.David managed Linfield with pride, he only ever wanted what was best for the club. He took stick on a level that was unacceptable from the so called "Bluemen" in the South Stand who all think they are manager material.He held his head high throughout all this, and brought success that we will probably never see again at Windsor. Doubles, trebles, clean sweeps, He welcomed hurley teams, cross community teams, all sides of the divide were made welcome.The word Clown is a very strong word to use Adrian. Ive noticed you on this site numerous times during the season trying to stir things with your childish quotes.So , Mr keyboard warrior, if you want to know the true meaning of the word Clown, next time your brushing your teeth, "look up"
Peter in Belfast wrote (271 days ago):
David worked extremely hard and must be congratulated on the professional manner he conduct himself after he announced he would be leaving Linfield. He has shown great respect to players and supporters ensuring the best team available represented Linfield. David's first concern was that the player wanted to play for the club, irrelevant of any other unsporting influence. Time will show that David worked to improve the standard of soccer in Northern Ireland and not just at Linfield. All true followers of soccer will wish him every success for the future.
Darren in Norn Iron wrote (271 days ago):
Just a warning to Warren, watch your back as Linfield WILL do to you what theyve done to David Jeffrey and before him Roy Coyle. All the success and from the two most successfull managers in Britian and yet Linfield werent happy and kicked them out! Oh and by the way im anything but a Blueman lol
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