Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Magilton ready for return to management with Swansea City

Jim Magilton

JIim Magilton is poised to return to football management, by again succeeding Paulo Sousa.

The former Northern Ireland international took over from Sousa at Queens Park Rangers in June last year.

Now he is in line to be the new manager of Swansea City, after the Portuguese departed yesterday, with Leicester City his expected destination.

It is understood that a tentative approach has been made to Magilton, who is believed to be interested in talking to Swansea about the job.

Magilton has been out of work since leaving Queens Park Rangers amid controversy last December, but he was recently in the running for the vacant managerial post at Plymouth Argyle.

After spending a number of years in the lower divisions, Swansea have spent the last two seasons in the Championship and finished one place and one point behind Blackpool, who were promoted via the play-offs.

Ipswich had finished a point outside the play-offs under Magilton in 2008, but he was sacked less than a year later, despite being on course for play-off qualification at the time.

Meanwhile, one of Northern Ireland’s newest internationals has secured himself a move to the Scottish Premier League.

Just a matter of weeks after being released by Cardiff City, striker Josh Magennis has signed a contract with Aberdeen.

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