O'Neill set to take the top job
Saturday 24 December 2011
Northern Ireland are set to name their new manager next week, with Michael O'Neill the favourite to succeed Nigel Worthington.
O'Neill, who ended a successful stint as Shamrock Rovers manager last week, is the first choice of the Irish Football Association.
Iain Dowie and Jim Magilton – who assisted O'Neill at Shamrock – were the other men interviewed for the post. All three represented Northern Ireland as players and are keen to take charge of the World Cup 2014 campaign, despite a disappointing end to Worthington's tenure which saw the side finish fifth in their qualifying group for Euro 2012. During his time with Shamrock, O'Neill won back-to-back League of Ireland titles and became the first manager to take an Irish team into the group stages in Europe.
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