Congratulations to Linfield’s David Healy who has been named Aktivora NI Football Awards Manager of the Year by the NIFWA and NIFL.
LINFIELD boss David Healy is the Aktivora Manager of the Year.
Northern Ireland’s record goalscorer guided the Blues to their fourth Danske Bank Premiership title in a row, and Healy’s fifth league title in six years.
Healy, who is currently enjoying a well-earned break, said: “I would like to thank NIFL, the Football Writers’ Association and sponsors Aktivora.
“This award is not just for me. It is also for my backroom staff and for the players. A manager cannot win trophies on his own, so credit must go to everyone at the club.”
Linfield assistant manager Ross Oliver, who collected the trophy from NIFWA chairperson Ruth Gorman on Healy’s behalf, paid tribute to the former Leeds United striker.
“David has done a superb job here. He has worked incredibly hard since his appointment in 2015 and he has delivered time and time again. I think the key to our success is, we just don’t stop working. Whenever we win, our focus turns immediately to the next target. Our players are mentality monsters, and David is a big part of that.”
This year’s NI Football Awards were voted for by the members of the Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Association and the Danske Bank Premiership managers. Despite stiff competition from Cliftonville’s Paddy McLaughlin, Healy won the prestigious award for a fourth time.