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Deal Nigel in for World Cup: David

By Mark McIntosh

Northern Ireland's record goalscorer David Healy is convinced the Irish FA are right to offer boss Nigel Worthington a new contract.

Worthington's six match deal with the Irish FA ends this evening after the crucial final qualifying match against Spain in Las Palmas .

And that's when the talking is expected to start on a new contract which will take into account the World Cup qualifiers.

Worthington has enjoyed mixed fortunes since taking over as boss from Lawrie Sanchez on June 1.

There were the delights of wins over Liechtenstein and Denmark plus an excellent draw with Stockholm .

Worthington, however, came underfire after defeats to Latvia and Iceland in Riga and Reykjavik nearly derailed our journey to the Euro 2008 fire.

Healy believes that it is the players who should take responsibility for those defeats.

"When Nigel got the job I knew his strengths having worked with him before," admitted Healy.

"He was written off after the Latvia and Iceland defeats, but he picks the players to go out and perform and we didn't do that in two games.

"It is down to the players at the end of the day.

"We had a lot of tough games remaining when Nigel took over. Hopefully we get a result on Wednesday and he'll stay."

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