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Determined Warren Feeney believes Linfield can ‘lay down a marker’ in Faroe Islands

Warren Feeney hopes Linfield can earn a positive result in the Faroe Islands tonight

Warren Feeney hopes Linfield can earn a positive result in the Faroe Islands tonight

  • by Gareth Fullerton
 

New manager Warren Feeney hopes Linfield can “lay down a marker” in Europe on Thursday.

The Blues are preparing for the first leg of their Europa League qualifier against B36 Torshavn (7pm kick-off BST).

It is a tricky trip to the Faroe Islands for Linfield and determined boss Feeney – who will make his competitive managerial bow.

Feeney was named as David Jeffrey’s successor back in April as the Windsor Park club embarked on a new era.

The former Northern Ireland striker has already bolstered his squad since taking up the Blues hot-seat with signings including Sammy Morrow, Chris Hegarty, Jamie Richards and Stephen Lowry.

And he hopes his new-look Linfield – who go into Thursday’s tie as favourites – can pick up a positive result in the Faroes.

“I can’t wait. It is my first competitive game in charge and it is the start of a new era for the club,” Feeney said.

“We have a few new players too, so it is very exciting.

“It is still hard to get your head around playing competitive games at this stage of summer. We are barely into July.

“But it is a game where we can lay down a marker, so hopefully we can do that on Thursday night.”

Feeney admits Linfield are “quietly confident” going into their Europa League tie with Torshavn, a side they defeated on penalties two years ago in a Champions League qualifier.

“The club has been here before, having played and beaten B36 in Europe two years ago,” he added.

“We are quietly confident we can get a positive result out there. But we are also aware that we are barely into pre-season so we know it is a very tough test.

“B 36 are about 15 games into their season and are five points clear at the top of their league.

“So, as much as we are ready, you can never tell what lies ahead in the Faroe Islands.

“We are a part-time league and players have their own jobs. We have been back for less than two weeks. But we have prepared thoroughly and the players are fresh and raring to go.

“We did beat B36 two years ago, but there have been a lot of changes at both clubs since then. So I wouldn’t read too much into it.”

And Feeney is approaching Thursday’s away leg in a positive frame of mind.

“I don’t believe in going into games with a defensive frame of mind. I have been on tricky away trips with Northern Ireland, and at the end of the day it is just 11 v 11 on the pitch,” he added. “I relished every challenge as a player and I am relishing this one as manager.”

 

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