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Swansea manager Rodgers not in Norrthern Ireland mix

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled himself out of contention to become the next Northern Ireland manager.

With the position becoming vacant, after Nigel Worthington opted to step down, candidates are emerging but County Antrim-born Rodgers will not be among them.

Rodgers stressed it was too early in his career as a manager to take the international job, because he relishes his current role.

The 38-year-old has led Swansea into the Premier League for the first time and is savouring taking on the elite.

Carnlough native Rodgers said: “Managing Northern Ireland is something I want to do at some point in my career for sure. It's my country. It's where I'm from, it's where I grew up and it's a country that I love.

“But hopefully that chance will come towards the end of my career, and I hope that won't be for many years yet. I have got too much energy to be an international manager at the moment. Right now it's not something for me.”

While Worthington hopes for a rapid return to club management, the likes of early favourite Jim Magilton, Iain Dowie and Michael O’Neill are possible successors.

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Rodgers’ preferred choice, Martin O’Neill, has ruled himself out of the running but the Swans’ boss feels there are worthy contenders.

He said: “There are a number of candidates. I have a keen interest in the development of the country and I'm sure there will be a number of possible managers who will fit the bill.”

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