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LEAGUE RACE IS NOT OVER.. TO SAY THAT IS NONSENSE; CARLING PREMIERSHIP LINFIELD v CARRICK RGRS, WINDSOR PARK, KO 3.00PM Jeffrey's blast at those 'who know nothing about football' by saying Blues have it won.

Byline: DARREN FULLERTON

DAVID Jeffrey David Jeffrey is a former Northern Irish footballer who played for Linfield, he is now team manager. He was previously a captain of Ards.

In the 2005/2006 season Jeffrey guided Linfield to a clean sweep of domestic trophies.
 has a stark message for those who say the title race is over: You know nothing about football.

The Linfield boss last night dismissed suggestions the Big Two giants are runaway favourites to retain the Gibson Cup.

He also claimed the biggest tests of Linfield's league assault are still to come as the finishing line looms on the horizon.

The reigning champions hold a seven point gap over second-placed Portadown and are 10 clear of Cliftonville with only eight games left.

Such is their lead at the top of the Carling car·ling  
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[Middle English, from Old French calingue and from Old Norse
 Premiership, Paddy Power have installed the Blues 33/1 ON to lift the title in late-April.

"I know people are saying 'it's over' but it is all complete nonsense," said Jeffrey. "It's as simple as that.

"I'm not being disrespectful dis·re·spect·ful  
adj.
Having or exhibiting a lack of respect; rude and discourteous.



disre·spect
, but anyone who trots that kind of line out is just trying to be clever.

They know nothing about football. t "Anyone who believes it is over has never sat in a changing room changing room n (BRIT) → vestuario

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. They have never been a player and they certainly haven't been a manager. s a e y a "Football is all about opinions, that's tremendous, but anyone who thinks this title race is done and dusted has never played the game.

"I have won five league titles as a player and I've been blessed to win eight as a manager at this club.

"It is never, ever over until you have crossed the line. We're in a decent position, but we know if we lose a couple of games it's wide open again."

Linfield cemented their leadership of the Premiership in February when they took seven points from three tough games against Crusaders, Portadown and Cliftonville.

They beat the Crues 5-0 at Windsor (above), drew 1-1 at Portadown and beat Cliftonville 3-1 in their last league outing a fortnight ago.

"We've had some big, big results in the past few weeks," said Jeffrey.

"Th i b "They were massive tests because of the quality of the opposition so they were all very significant results.

"Portadown and Cliftonville are pushing for the title and Crusaders are in terrific form, so to get the points tally we did was very pleasing."

Next up for Linfield is a home clash with struggling Carrick Rangers who are rooted to the foot of the table.

All three of the Blues' league fixtures before the Premiership splits in two for a final round of five games are against bottom six clubs.

Next week Jeffrey and his players host Donegal Celtic Donegal Celtic is a football club playing in the Irish Premier League in Northern Ireland. The club, founded in 1970, hails from Belfast and plays its home matches at Donegal Celtic Park. Club colours are green and white in Celtic-style hoops. The current manager is Paddy Kelly.  before travelling to Lisburn Distillery the following weekend.

"Before the split, we are facing clubs who are scrapping for points or pushing for survival," said Jeffrey.

"There will be an even greater drive from the likes of Carrick because they will be desperate to stay in the division.

"They came up from the Championship last summer and they won't want to return there, so it will be a very difficult match.

"I have told the players 'if you think the Cliftonville or Portadown games were hard, double it and double it again'.

"Carrick will come here on Saturday and will be desperate to get something from the game. It will be a real test."

Rangers have taken just two points from their last seven games and were beaten 5-1 by Linfield in the Irish Cup The Irish Cup is the national cup knock-out competition in Northern Irish football. Inaugurated in 1881, it is the fourth oldest national cup competition in the world. Prior to the break-away from the Irish Football Association by clubs from what would become the Irish Free State  on February 11.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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