Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Worthington playing it cool with Sheffield Wednesday

Nigel Worthington will not be applying for the vacant manager’s job at Sheffield Wednesday - but then again, he may not have to.

And with the Owls yet to make any formal move to request permission from the Irish FA to speak to their former full-back, that is something that may not need to happen either.

The club are expected to stick with caretaker manager Sean McAuley for the next fortnight, by which time Worthington’s contract as Northern Ireland boss will have expired and he will be free to walk.

The IFA are highly unlikely to receive any kind of compensation should Worthington leave before the end of the contract — which he said yesterday he won’t do — but holding out until the deal lapses will hand Wednesday the chance to offer him the job in the knowledge that he is a free agent.

As well as that Worthington is keen to ensure he isn’t left out of work in the New Year.

He has, however, spoken of his desire to stay in his current position, despite his affection for Wednesday, having been successful there as a player.

“No approach has been made and I will not be putting my CV in for the position,” said Worthington.

“I am under contract with the association, I am a professional and I will see that through as I have said I would.

“The reason that I said yes to questions in Sunday is that I am out of contract, I will be free to speak to anybody.

“The important things is that I am in talks with the association and we are both very hopeful that things will be resolved in the near future.

“In two weeks time I will be out of work and I don’t like being out of work.

“Should it be Sheffield Wednesday or any other football club it would be exactly the same, I want to go from work to work and hopefully that work will be with the Irish Football Association.”

Worthington was in the running for the Wednesday job three years ago, but withdrew his name.

Managing a club of that size and with such a huge fan base, however does remain an attractive proposition according to the ex-Owls favourite.

“I think it’s a job that is there to be picked up,” he said.

“Financially like a lot of clubs there isn’t much money, but there’s a huge club there to be picked up.

“Whoever takes the position has a huge job on their hands, but a great job,” he added.

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