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Key figure: Jimmy Nicholl proved a major hit with the Northern Ireland players after joining Michael O’Neill’s backroom staff in 2015

Key figure: Jimmy Nicholl proved a major hit with the Northern Ireland players after joining Michael O’Neill’s backroom staff in 2015

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Key figure: Jimmy Nicholl proved a major hit with the Northern Ireland players after joining Michael O’Neill’s backroom staff in 2015

Northern Ireland legend Pat Jennings hopes Michael O'Neill's successor keeps Jimmy Nicholl in the senior international set-up.

Former Manchester United defender Nicholl, who won 73 caps and starred at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, joined O'Neill's backroom staff in 2015 and proved to be a popular figure with the players as the team reached Euro 2016.

He was also O'Neill's assistant as Northern Ireland reached the 2018 World Cup play-offs and secured a play-off semi-final clash against Bosnia and Herzegovina for next summer's delayed Euro 2020 tournament.