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Nigel Worthington: I will deliver

Nigel Worthington is determined to deliver on his £400,000 a year contract and take Northern Ireland to the finals of a major championship.

Worthington wants to erase disappointing memories of missing out on the last World Cup and bring joy to the fans by leading the country to the glamour stages of Euro 2012.

The qualifying campaign starts next month against Slovenia, but Worthington feels tonight’s friendly in Montenegro can play a crucial role for Northern Ireland as they strive for success.

“Northern Ireland need to get back to where we were in 1982 and 1986 when we qualified for the World Cup finals and it was all about working together as a team,” said Worthington.

”If we can do that we can have a real go at qualifying for the 2012 European Championships. I’m determined to lead us to the finals of a major championship.”

As for tonight, Worthington wants to see his team play with freedom.

He said: “I want them to perform. They have licence to do that.

“I want them to do well against Montenegro and be in the right state of mind ahead of the match with Slovenia.”

Around 100 Northern Ireland fans will attend the game tonight, but for those not in Montenegro, it is on Setanta Sports One tonight with coverage starting from 7pm.

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