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Worthy enough to remain as manager

By Steven Beacom

Irish FA chief executive Howard Wells has confirmed what The Belfast Telegraph told you yesterday, that Nigel Worthington will be offered a new contract even if Northern Ireland do not qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.

Worthington's current deal, which lasts for six months, comes to an end after tomorrow night's game in Spain, but he will be given a chance to show what he can do in the long term.

Worthington took over on a temporary basis from Lawrie Sanchez in June, midway through the qualifying campaign.

"Do I think he can do the job on a permanent basis? Without a doubt," said Wells.

"I believe international managers need two tournaments to prove that they can do it.

" We've decided not to discuss it further until after game - that's a mutual decision with Nigel - so he can concentrate on the game.

"To take over in the middle of a campaign is difficult, but I was under no doubt when I met Nigel that he was the man to do it."

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