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Northern Ireland coach Jimmy Nicholl appointed assistant manager at Falkirk

By Gareth Hanna

Northern Ireland assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl will continue in his role after taking up a similar position at Falkirk.

The 61 year-old will juggle both jobs after he was named as number two to new Falkirk manager Paul Hartley. Nicholl signed the Championship side's boss twice as a player - for both Raith Rovers and Millwall - and jumped at the chance to renew their partnership.

“When I got the call from Paul to join him and Tam (Ritchie, new fitness coach) at Falkirk it was an opportunity which really excited me," said Nicholl.

“Things have moved very quickly, but I am just delighted to get started and get back out on the training pitch. Falkirk is a great club with fantastic facilities and infrastructure – any time I have been here previously I have been very impressed with what I have seen. There is great potential here and working with Paul, Tam and the players I hope to deliver on that.”

Hartley, who was appointed manager of the club earlier this month, was equally as enthused.

"I am delighted to welcome a man of Jimmy’s experience to the club," he said. "He is someone I have enjoyed working with previously and someone who I know will be a real asset to my backroom team.

“He has played and coached at an extremely high level and has enjoyed great success throughout his career. I am certain he will make a really positive impact throughout the club."

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