Published Tuesday, 29 April 2014
New Linfield manager Warren Feeney at Windsor Park. (© Pacemaker)
Having signed a two-year contract with the Windsor Park side, the 33-year-old former Northern Ireland international says he will be making a decision soon on whether or not to keep playing.
"It will be difficult doing two jobs, but I will sit down and have a think about it," Feeney said.
"I do like to keep myself fit, so ... time will tell."
In the meantime, he is well aware that he has big shoes to fill following the departure of David Jeffrey after 17 years and 31 trophies.
Feeney hasn't wasted any time in taking over the reins though, having already met with the players since his appointment at the weekend.
I've told them a few home truths already - laid out what I want from them, what I expect from them. I'm looking forward to working with them.
Feeney comes to Linfield from his position as assistant manager of English Conference side Salisbury City, having previously won the IFA Youth Cup with Linfield Rangers at 16 before embarking on his professional career.
He's bringing in Andy Todd as his number two and has hailed his wealth of experience.
"He's got massive pedigree in the Premier League," Feeney said.
"And he's got a great mentor in his father, who has managed in the Premier League."
Despite having to follow in Jeffrey's footsteps, Feeney has shrugged off comparisons with ill-fated Manchester United manager David Moyes who struggled to live up to Sir Alex Ferguson's legacy.
"David Moyes went in there with his own ideas of what he wanted to do - bring fresh ideas ... It didn't work out. That's the job we live by," he said.
"I believe in what I can bring - success."
DJ had offered simple advice to whoever was set to take over at Linfield, namely: "Believe in yourself, believe you're the best, and stick by your principles."
So is that advice Feeney will be taking?
"He must have been reading my manifesto!" the new manager laughed.
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