Having featured in over 100 games for Leeds United – and many more throughout his time as a player in the EFL – David Healy is a name known by many and was synonymous with the Championship during his time in the game.
He was a part of the Leeds side that snatched a fifth place finish in the second tier (scoring 12 goals along the way) but then remained at the club as they then finished rock bottom of the pack just a season later.
It led to the striker joining Fulham in the Premier League and making the step up to the top tier. He managed goals on a much less frequent basis – only four – but Sunderland were still convinced enough with the forward to sign him a year later.
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He stayed with the Black Cats for three years in total but featured in only 13 games and then spent one of those seasons out on loan with Ipswich Town and then Doncaster Rovers.
Still unable to break into a regular starting berth both on loan and during his time with Sunderland, he then made the move up North to Scotland and Rangers.
Now in a whole different league, Healy would no doubt have been hoping to feature more prominently. Instead, he made only two starts in the first season at the club as his team won the title.
He played more times a campaign later (and scored more to boot) but with the player still not a regular starter, he decided to depart for pastures new again. He joined Bury, who were still residing in League One at the time. The striker did manage to play more but not much and with several injuries hindering both his progress and ability to stay in the side, he decided to hang up his boots.
It hasn’t stopped the former Leeds man from getting involved in the game still though. In fact, the forward has now entered the world of management and is currently in charge of Linfield. He’s been quite a success with the side since he was appointed in 2015 too, bagging four NIFL Premiership titles to date and also winning the Irish Cup on two occasions.
Linfield remains his only managerial role so far but with the way he is going in management, a team in England might soon consider bringing the former player back to the EFL and the place where his career truly began.