Belfast Telegraph

I'm Worth it

And Nigel promises to see out his contract

By Graham Luney

Nigel Worthington will lead out Northern Ireland for two friendlies against Bulgaria next month and Georgia in March - and he insists he's worth every penny.

Worthington has negotiated a handsome pay rise from the Irish FA and news of his new two-year deal will be confirmed next week.
Details regarding ticket sales for the two Nationwide Internationals will also be announced next week.

Northern Ireland will face Bulgaria on February 6 and Georgia on March 26 at Windsor Park. Both games have a 7.45pm kick-off.

Worthington's new deal will take him to the end of the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The former Norwich City supremo said he felt " no pressure" at becoming the highest paid manager in Northern Ireland's history and he said he would not walk away from the job like his predecessor Lawrie Sanchez.

"I'm delighted - with some good results and a little bit of luck I may even extend my stay.

"The contract is being drawn up and hopefully it will be sealed next week. The money is not a factor and I'm still a long way behind Fabio Capello with England. What I've asked for is a fair day's pay for a fair day's work and the IFA know they are going to get commitment in abundance.

"These things take a bit of time but we got there in the end and everyone is happy with the deal.

"I will be fully committed to the cause - I will enjoy the work and I'm looking forward to it.

"There have been clauses mentioned, more from the IFA point of view, which I can understand.

" They want to cover their back after the last scenario (with Sanchez) which I understand.

"So there's a situation in there, for whatever reason, but I don't see any reason why I should be leaving prior to that two years."

A meeting to discuss the fixture schedule for the World Cup qualifying series is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

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