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Linfield boss David Jeffrey left red-faced by video

Andy Waterworth heads home Linfield's opening goal

Andy Waterworth heads home Linfield's opening goal

  • by Gareth Fullerton
 

David Jeffrey would rather have been focusing on Linfield’s comfortable 3-0 victory over Ballinamallard United on Saturday.

Goals from Andy Waterworth, Mark McAllister and Matt Tipton saw the Blues return to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.

A clean sheet, three goals and a maximum haul of league points gave Jeffrey plenty to praise.

There was time for some reflection of a good day’s work, but it wasn’t long before the spotlight fell on Jeffrey’s YouTube video gaffe.

The Blues boss was forced into a “sincere and unreserved” apology after being caught on camera appearing to mock derby rivals Glentoran.

In the footage – captured at a private Linfield supporters’ function – Jeffrey is seen singing about transfer target Jimmy Callacher.

Linfield are believed to be closing in on Callacher’s signing after Glentoran last week revealed the player had rejected a new improved offer to stay at the Oval.

According to the East Belfast club, the 22-year-old defender has also indicated he wishes to join the Blues.

Jeffrey’s ‘thank-you very much for Jimmy Callacher” sing-along was posted on YouTube last week and has been viewed over 11,000 times.

It sparked a furious backlash from Glens fans on social media sites, and prompted Linfield and their manager into a humbling apology.

“It has been a very difficult day,” Jeffrey said.

“It was a very innocent response to some good natured Glentoran banter.

“It was actually the rewording of a Glentoran song of many years ago when the Glens sang ‘thank-you very much for Johnny Jameson’. It was a small clip of what was actually a speech.

“I don’t understand social media etc, and it was a private function and it was joke made in total jest, in response to some good natured banter.

“But when I see the video, it is cringeworthy, and I am totally embarrassed.

“I have said on television and radio, and now the written press, I apologise unreservedly to Glentoran Football Club, Eddie Patterson, Jimmy Callacher, to the directors of Linfield and our own supporters, for any embarrassment I have caused.

“I can’t emphasise enough it was so innocent, but the reality is it is out there.

“So I am apologising sincerely and unreservedly.”

Linfield said in a statement: “The Board of Directors of Linfield Football Club wish to apologise to the members and supporters of Linfield Football Club, Glentoran Football Club and Jimmy Callacher for the content of the recent video featuring the Manager of Linfield Football Club, David Jeffrey.

“David Jeffrey has also apologised to the Board of Directors, players and supporters of Linfield, to Glentoran FC and to the player in question.

“The Board of Directors find the content of this video to be deplorable, deeply embarrassing and contrary to the best traditions of Linfield Football Club.

“The matter will now be subject to the Club’s own internal disciplinary procedures and no further public comment will be made.”

As for Saturday’s game, Jeffrey praised his players for another professional display.

““I said to the players that they did fantastically well against Coleraine last week, but remember this is a good Ballinamallard side,” he added.

“I thought we played some really decent football in terrible conditions.”

Mallards boss Whitey Anderson believes his side needs a cutting edge following another shot-shy afternoon.

“The cold reality is we are not scoring goals. We now have the worst scoring record in the league, which isn’t good enough.

“It is not rocket science. People can be subjective, but the facts are we are not scoring goals.”

 

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