Belfast Telegraph

We can be world beaters together: Snodin

Hammers coach committed to Northern Ireland future

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland assistant manager Glynn Snodin wants to help Nigel Worthington guide the international team into the Euro 2008 finals - and 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Speculation is mounting that the Irish FA are set to offer Worthington a new contract, however the Ballymena man says he is "open-minded" about his managerial future.

West Ham coach Snodin, though, is loving working with the Northern Ireland players and he doesn't want his international adventure to end.

Worthington's contract with the Irish FA comes to a conclusion after the Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against Denmark and Spain.

And Snodin is hoping he doesn't have to say farewell to the Green and White Army.

"I'm really enjoying the job," he said. "Just as a player wants to play at the highest level, I want to coach at the highest level and I really enjoy working with the players.

"Being away with Nigel and the team is fantastic and I have found it to be a very rewarding experience. "As long as Nigel and the IFA want me to be involved I want to stay and help Northern Ireland enjoy more results like the positive one in Sweden.

"It's important that there is continuity and that we build on the good work we have been doing.

"There are eight or nine of us working hard in a happy team, including Fred Barber, the goalkeeping coach.

"If it comes to fruition that Nigel is offered a new contract I would love to stay involved.

"We can still make the Euro 2008 tournament but of course it would be great to make a World Cup.

"Right now though we must focus on making it to Austria and Switzerland - we will certainly be giving it our best shot."

The Hammers coach also paid tribute to defender George McCartney who put his 'Icelandair' gate nightmare behind him by producing an outstanding defensive performance in Sweden.

"George is just thrilled to be back playing for his country," added Snodin.

"He is on top of his game at the moment and really enjoying his football but the ten guys alongside him also deserve praise.

"I was impressed not only with the team performance that night but with the build-up as well. The players and management were very professional."

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