Healy hails Sanchez's impact
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Healy has expressed his relief that Lawrie Sanchez decided to stay on as manager.
David Healy has expressed his relief that Lawrie Sanchez decided to stay on as Northern Ireland manager.
Sanchez considered quitting his post after last month's famous 3-2 win over Spain.
The former Wycombe boss was unhappy with the criticism he received from the local press in the wake of the opening Euro 2008 qualifying defeat to Iceland.
Healy is delighted Sanchez has opted to stay put and believes the manager deserves a lot of credit for turning around Northern Ireland's fortunes.
"I think we are 58th in the rankings at the minute and when Lawrie took over we were about 120th or something," Healy told Sky Sports News.
"We hadn't scored a goal in a long time and we hadn't won a match, so I think on the record of that I'm sure, like myself, the rest of the players are glad Lawrie is still in charge."
Meanwhile, Healy is expecting a tough test when Northern Ireland travel to Denmark on Saturday for their latest Group F qualifier.
"People say Scandinavians are always that little bit bigger than British born people, but we've got big players in the side, big strong defensive players.
"The team Lawrie puts out on Saturday is obviously going to be a team that is going to go out and look to win the game or get something out of the game.
"Denmark is never an easy place to play."