Player of the Year Chris Shields backs David Healy against his critics

Participant of the 12 months Chris Shields backs David Healy in opposition to his critics

Midfielder Chris Shields has thrown his weight behind Linfield supervisor David Healy, who just lately hit again at his staff’s critics following their fourth successive Danske Financial institution Premiership title success.

n his six years in cost, Healy has delivered the highest prize on 5 events, however there seems to be a small minority of followers not pleased.

The previous Northern Eire worldwide striker let rip on the conclusion of the Blues’ newest achievement and Shields, who immediately is called the Danske Financial institution Footballer of the 12 months, believes his boss had each proper to have a go.

“What David has achieved since he has come to the membership is phenomenal,” mentioned the previous Dundalk man. “I discover it obscure the criticism, given the trophies he has received and the way he conducts himself.

“Any supervisor within the League would have liked to received 5 League titles in six years,

“He’s additionally received the Irish Cup, League Cup and the Defend. Folks are inclined to overlook he got here so near main the staff to the group levels in Europe, which is perhaps one thing on our radar now with the beginning of the brand new Convention League.

“If individuals are going to offer it to David, they need to take it when the time is correct – he’s extra entitled to his view. He picked the best second to have a go on the doubters, having simply received the League title but once more.

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“I need to give a whole lot of credit score to David for signing me, he put a whole lot of religion in me and I’m simply glad I’ve been capable of repay him. I do know he’ll go away and recharge his batteries and be again prepared for the beginning of the brand new season.”

Though Shields is thrilled together with his participant of the yr award, he believes it wouldn’t have occurred if he hadn’t good gamers round him.

“That is the climax to an awesome season,” he added, after choosing up his trophy from Northern Eire Soccer Writers’ Affiliation chairperson Ruth Gorman.

“It’s nice to obtain a private accolade, nevertheless it doesn’t occur in case you are not taking part in with good gamers round you.

“I’m lucky sufficient to have many good lads round me, however the principle one was lifting the Danske Financial institution Premiership title – that was the large one.

“In saying that, it’s beautiful to get the participant award, which I’m very pleased with. It makes it a pleasant double for me as a result of I picked up the FAI Writers’ award in 2018. I’m additionally pleased with the truth that I’ve now received six League titles (5 down south).

“These are all new awards to me, however I’m very pleased with this one. I don’t know if anybody has obtained the Soccer Writers’ award either side of the border . . . maybe the likes of Pat Fenlon or Felix Healy, it’s one thing I’ll look into.

“I at all times had relationship with the blokes (soccer writers) down there, however I’m pleased to say I have already got relationship with the journalists up north.”

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After his first season within the Irish League, Shields insisted it couldn’t have gone any higher.

“I liked it . . . it was an enormous hectic at occasions,” he laughed. “I in all probability performed extra video games than I anticipated. David (Healy) at all times deliberate to tug me out and in of video games right here and there, nevertheless it didn’t work out like that.

“I didn’t actually wish to miss any video games, to be trustworthy, nevertheless it was good, by way of the League success.

“Sure, we had been a bit poor within the knockout tournaments. I missed the Defend closing (in opposition to Larne) due to damage, however since I got here to the membership, the League was at all times the principle goal.

“To get the monetary rewards that comes with it, taking part in within the Champions League qualifies, it’s at all times large.”

In the meantime, Kerry Beattie has been named the Ladies’s Premiership Participant of the 12 months.

Beattie was a part of the Glentoran aspect that received final season’s Ladies’s Danske Financial institution Premiership.

Her performances earned her a transfer to Scottish aspect Glasgow Metropolis.

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