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Worthy: Fans will not drive me out

Defiant Nigel Worthington insists the latest pressure from disgruntled Northern Ireland fans will never drive him from his dream job.

The former Norwich City chief has another six months left on his current Irish FA contract and has yet to open talks on an extended deal.

But failure to win Euro 2012 qualifiers against the Faroes Islands and Slovenia have heaped pressure on boss Worthy from a section of the Green and White Army.

“I am really enjoying managing my country and nothing will change that,” said Worthington.

“I have another six months to go on this deal to take us to the end of the Euro 2012 qualifiers then I’m sure we’ll have a chat. I genuinely believe there is a lot to look forward to but Iunderstand the supporters being disappointed with the Carling Nations Cup results.

“We all enjoyed the World Cups in 1982 and 1986 but we had a squad of players who wereperforming in the top flight then — that is not the case now.

“At some stages last season we had only two or three who played every week and that means we will find it difficult.

“Fans are entitled to their opinion and I am big enough to accept what they say.

“That hasn’t put me off wanting to be a success however, and I have no plans to walk away.”

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