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Saturday 20 September 2014

In Pictures: Who will replace Nigel Worthington as Northern Ireland manager?

Martin O'Neill
The highest-profile Northern Irish manager on the circuit, in pure footballing terms he would be seen as an ideal man to improve fortunes on the field. He is not thought to covet the job, though, and would probably cost too much for the IFA to consider.
Michael O'Neill
The Shamrock Rovers manager has emerged as a frontrunner at the perfect time after his success in leading a League Of Ireland side to the group stages of the Europa League for the first time.
A creditable showing against Tottenham Hotspur showed he has the appetite for the David-versus-Goliath fixtures he would face as Northern Ireland boss.
Seen by many as a future national team boss, he may nevertheless wish to wait for the job to come along again.
Go 'foreign'
England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland have all opted for managers from different countries in recent times and, if the IFA wanted someone with international experience, they would have to do likewise.
Steve McClaren (pictured) is available but committed to club football for now, Walter Smith has the profile and would work well with Rangers men Steven Davis and Kyle Lafferty, while former Republic boss Brian Kerr has recorded some impressive result as manager of the Faroe Islands.

With Nigel Worthington stepping down as manager after tomorrow's trip to Italy, the Irish Football Association will be on the lookout for a new boss.

Here, we assess the potential candidates.

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