Belfast Telegraph

Worthington’s number two in plea over Northern Ireland job

By Graham Luney

Nigel Worthington's right hand man in the international dugout Glynn Snodin has pleaded with him not to quit the Northern Ireland job.

Worthington is refusing to comment on speculation linking him with the vacant managerial post at Leicester City.

City chairman Milan Mandaric could ask the Ballymena man to return to the club to succeed Ian Holloway but such a move would plunge Northern Ireland's preparations for their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign into turmoil.

Worthington, like his predecessor Lawrie Sanchez who quit Northern Ireland to take charge at Fulham last year, relishes the challenge posed by being a club manager but after agreeing the most lucrative financial package offered by the Irish FA to an international boss, he said he was committed to leading his country to the World Cup in South Africa.

"Nigel hasn't spoken to me about this and if anything was going to happen I would expect him to inform me about it," said Snodin.

"I would be very surprised if it did happen as Nigel loves his country and he is committed to doing a good job for Northern Ireland.

"He has been honest and open about his desire to see Northern Ireland qualify for a major tournament and the work is only just starting.

"We don't want to finish third in qualifying groups - we want to qualify and under Nigel we can stay focused on that goal.

"He has been at Leicester City before and he has experience as a club manager but he also loves his country.

"It has been a great experience for me to be involved with Northern Ireland and I have no desire to stop that work.

"This kind of story can be upsetting for fans and everyone and especially for the supporters who may think 'here we go again' but nothing might happen and we can stay focused on our World Cup campaign.

"I certainly want Nigel to stay in the Northern Ireland post."

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