Healy wins manager of the month

Linfield boss David Healy pictured receiving December's Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association's Manager of the Month award from Stephen Watson, Chairman Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye.
Linfield boss David Healy pictured receiving December's Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association's Manager of the Month award from Stephen Watson, Chairman Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association. Picture by Stephen Hamilton/Presseye.

Linfield boss David Healy has been named as the Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Association’s Manager of the Month for December.

The Blues claimed 10 points in the final month of 2015, defeating Coleraine 1-0, Ballymena United 3-1 and Glentoran 2-1, as well as drawing 1-1 with Ballinamallard United at Windsor Park.

Upon collecting his first Belleek award, Healy said; “November was a tough month but thankfully we were able to respond in December.

“The players were asked a lot of hard questions by myself, and they responded well. I’m pleased for them as they are the ones who put the hard work in.

“We started January with a good win over Crusaders, so hopefully we can carry on from there.”

While Glenavon goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey was December’s Player of the Month.

Incredibly, Tuffey only conceded one goal in December, keeping clean sheets against Carrick Rangers, Coleraine and Portadown as the Lurgan Blues took 10 points from the month.

The former Northern Ireland international said; “I’m delighted to win this award. I’d like to thank my manager Gary Hamilton as he gave me a chance again after I left Linfield and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

“We’ve a great bunch of lads at Glenavon.

“Oddly enough, I probably made the most saves against Warrenpoint Town, the one game I conceded in.”