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
“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.”