Feeney 'could still play for Linfield'

Published Tuesday, 29 April 2014
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New Linfield boss Warren Feeney has told UTV Sport that he might not be hanging up his boots just yet, as he may still decide to take on a player-manager role.

Feeney 'could still play for Linfield'
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.

Warren Feeney

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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Comments Comments
Davy in Shankill wrote (269 days ago):
Ballymena in Ballymena. Same old same old. It really is becoming boring. All our money from the I.F.A...Have you ever considered that throughout the 80s and 90s it was mostly players from a Linfield following tradition that played for us. They would have walked to Windsor to play for the team, never mind get paid.Much the same as Cliftonville have now. Local lads that knows what playing for their club means. Money dosent come into it.No mention of the Million Cliftonville made from the Celtic games giving them an advantage.
Matt in Belfast wrote (274 days ago):
I think watching football in this league is like watching paint dry the standard is absolutely shocking
Ballymena in Ballymena in Ballymena wrote (275 days ago):
davy in shankill u talk nonsense lad. the reason linfield won all them titles is cause they had the money from the IFA to do so. Unlike the other clubs. It's good to see they won a few All Ireland titles.
Mark in Belfast wrote (275 days ago):
Davy, davy, davy. Bit of a rant there. Most of ur facts are true, but u fail to mention the fact that the blues have been state funded during those years. When the state funds u to buy top players and pay thier wages you do have a slight advantage. This is the age of the REDS and if we keep the squad together all the stated funded players you get wont stop three in a row !!! 99?red balloons.
culchy in the stix wrote (275 days ago):
@Gerry in North Belfast, the Bald Eagle is in his 60s now but he could probably still play you off the pitch.
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