Warren Feeney in pole position to become new Linfield boss

Former Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney
Former Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney

Linfield are closing in on their search for a new manager – with former Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney expected to be named as David Jeffrey’s successor.

The Windsor Park club’s board is due to meet on Tuesday night to rubber-stamp the deal.

It is believed the club could confirm Feeney as their new manager within the next week.

A number of high-profile names have been linked with the Windsor Park hotseat since Jeffrey announced his intention to stand down.

Former Hibs boss Pat Fenlon had been favourite for the post, but it was reported last week that the Dubliner had failed to agree terms with the Blues.

Now 33-year-old boyhood fan Feeney looks set for a dream move to Windsor.

Feeney – who won 46 caps for Northern Ireland between 2002 and 2011 – is currently assistant boss with Salisbury City in the English Conference.

Linfield sit second in the Danske Bank Premiership following Saturday’s defeat to champions Cliftonville.

The Blues have a two-week break before their next league fixture – away to Crusaders on April 12.

It is believed Linfield’s management board will use the time to finalise plans for their new manager.

Jeffrey announced on February 15 that he will stand down after 17 years at the Linfield helm.

The 51-year-old is the longest-serving Linfield manager, and has won 31 trophies to date – equalling Roy Coyle’s club record.