Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

The job is yours Nigel, if you really want it . . .

Nigel Worthington will be offered a new contract by the Irish FA whether Northern Ireland qualify for the European Championship finals or not.

After two shocking defeats to Latvia and Iceland in September, Worthington looked a cert to leave when his initial six-month deal finished after the final qualifier against Spain on Wednesday night, but a battling 1-1 draw in Sweden last month started to change the minds of those at the IFA.

Saturday's stunning 2-1 victory over Denmark has convinced the powers that be that the 46-year-old from Ballymena is the man to take Northern Ireland forward on a longer term basis.

There is no guarantee, however, that Worthington will accept the post.

He has constantly stated that he will sit down with the IFA and review the situation when the qualifying campaign is over.

He has said that he has really enjoyed the challenge of managing at international level and says that the players have been a joy to work with, but the former Norwich City boss harbours ambitions of a return to club management.

He is aware that Northern Ireland's last two results against the Swedes and Danes have made a few club chairmen, especially in the Championship, sit up and take notice.

The win over Denmark though may just have persuaded him that this is the job for him.