Healy eyes starting berth
Sunderland striker David Healy is hoping the change of manager will lead to more opportunities.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 09/12/08 6:41pm
Sunderland striker David Healy is hoping the change of manager will lead to more opportunities for him to show his worth.
The prolific Northern Ireland front-man has found first-team football hard to come by since his £1million summer move from Fulham.
With Roy Keane's departure last week leaving the manager's job vacant at the Stadium of Light, Healy is hoping for an improvement in fortunes when the new boss arrives.
"Last Saturday was the first time in about three weeks that I have been in the squad for a game," Healy told the Belfast Telegraph.
"There was a squad of 20 who went down to Old Trafford. As a footballer, you don't like to be sitting at home on a Saturday watching the scores coming in on the television. You want to be playing; you want to be involved.
"I have no regrets at all about going to Sunderland. My only regret is that I haven't played enough first-team football.
"People start questioning my ability, questioning if I am good enough. But I am big enough to take the criticism with the good and I've learned to live with that. I have been through a lot more lows with Northern Ireland than I have at club level.
"Given the opportunity in games and given enough time on the pitch, I still feel I am good enough to contribute and win some games to push us up the table.
"I want to perform up there; I want to prove myself to the people of Sunderland.
"I was sitting beside Niall Quinn at Old Trafford, and we'd a chat about football and the match. I want to prove to him that I am worth the money that he paid to Fulham to take me."