David Healy, a former forward for Preston North End, has been connected to a League Two position, raising the possibility that he would take his first managerial position in England.
After taking over Linfield in his own Northern Ireland in 2015, Healy entered management and has had great success at Windsor Park. He has two Irish Cups and five NIFL Premiership championships under his belt. A club looking for a new manager has taken notice of him due to his success in Northern Ireland.
Healy is ‘being considered’ for the vacant role at Grimsby Town, according to Pete O’Rourke, a former writer for Sky Sports who is currently employed by Football Insider. After Nathan Rooney and former Huddersfield Town and Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley, he is the third choice for the position in the markets.
Healy will manage Linfield’s Northern Ireland League Cup match against Glentoran this evening, despite the rumors to the contrary. With just under half of the season completed, his Blues team is currently eight points ahead of Larne, who are in closest position.
The 95-time All-Ireland striker for Northern Ireland scored 45 goals in 156 games for North End, leading them to the 2005 Championship play-off final, which they lost 1-0 at the Millennium Stadium to West Ham United.
Before moving to Leeds United, where he played three seasons and scored 31 goals in 121 games, he had two loan stints at Norwich City. He signed with Fulham and then Sunderland six years after making his Premier League debut for Man United. He then dropped down to the Championship to play for Ipswich Town and Doncaster Rovers. Two seasons at Rangers marked the end of his career; he then joined Bury just before they went out of business.