Jimmy Nicholl, the manager of Raith Rovers and Bingham's part- time assistant, was the Irish Football Association's first choice, but the governing body in Belfast were unable to agree terms with the former Manchester United full-back. 'I asked for a little bit more, but I wasn't being outrageous,' Nicholl said. 'I would still have been earning far less than I do with Raith. To say I'm disappointed would be a massive understatement.'
Hamilton has managed three League clubs: Tranmere Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Leicester City, but he has been out of full-time football after his second spell in charge at Wigan ended in the sack 11 months ago. 'I'm surprised, but utterly delighted,' he said yesterday.
Belfast-born, he made his international debut in 1969 when earning pounds 6 a week as a part-timer with Linfield. He will travel to Vienna today to help draw up a fixture list for a European Championship qualifying group which includes Portugal, Austria and the Republic of Ireland.Reuse content