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Sammy McIlroy: Jim Magilton best man for Northern Ireland job

By Stuart McKinley

As Irish FA chiefs sit down to deliberate over which one of three highly qualified coaches should be the next Northern Ireland manager one former boss has offered his opinion to the powers that be.

Sammy McIlroy, who was boss between 2000 and 2003 believes that his former captain Jim Magilton has all the credentials to be a successful international boss ahead of Michael O'Neill.

"Jim Magilton was a great captain for me and if he gets the job I am sure he'd do very well," said McIlroy.

"Michael O'Neill did a great job at Shamrock Rovers - getting them to the Europa League group stages was a fantastic achievement.

"I think at this stage it's a bit early for him to be Northern Ireland manager. I think he'd still want to climb the ladder at club level and then take on the international role at a later date."

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