PNE boss explains Healy decision

Northern Ireland international Healy scored 45 goals for North

End between December 2000 and October 2004 when he moved to Leeds

in acrimonious circumstances.

The 33-year-old is a free agent after leaving Rangers at the end

of last season, but Westley feels his move across the Pennines

almost eight years ago and subsequent celebration when scoring

against Preston shortly afterwards is reason enough to pull the

plug on any deal.

“Making a controversial move, on my part, would be the wrong

thing to do,” Westley told his club’s official website. “I have

spoken to David to let him know that we are not going to proceed

with that at this moment in time.

“It is a difficult one, because David has so much proven

quality, but my feeling is that we’ve had a revolution at this club

this summer.

“It has been a difficult time and the fans have been through a

lot. They have been brilliant in getting behind the new team. There

is a body of supporters who have a strong feeling against the move

and I think it would be the wrong thing to do.”