David Jeffrey admitted it was an “emotional night” as Linfield lifted the County Antrim Shield.
A 4-1 penalty shootout victory over Crusaders saw Jeffrey equal Roy Coyle’s club record of 31 trophies.
It was the Blues’ first cup success in 22 months following last season’s barren campaign.
Last night the club got back to winning ways, and there could be more glory this season with Linfield scrapping for the Premiership title.
But last night was about lifting the Shield at the Ballymena Showgrounds.
“The focus was on the players and the team tonight - they are most important. And also the club,” said Jeffrey, who is set to stand down at the end of the season.
“We wanted to earn another trophy, and it was a very tough cup tie.
“I felt we deserved to win this one on the balance of play. But when it goes to penalties it can be anyone’s game.
“But my players stroked their penalties with aplomb, and Jonny Tuffey pulled off two amazing saves.”
Jeffrey admitted the trophy success was in memory of club officials Billy Miekle and Frankie Taylor who recently passed away.
“Frankie Taylor who was a fantastic servant for this club, and to have his daughter Julie on the pitch at the end was the proudest moment for me over 17 years,” Jeffrey added.
“Also Billy Miekle who passed away recently - it has been a very testing period for the club.”
Reflecting on his 31-trophy success with the club, Jeffrey added: “It is nice to draw level with the club record. But you only get the personal accolades off the back of the results that your players earn - they always come first.”