Martin O'Neill Rules Himself Out Of Northern Ireland Manager's Job

Sean Raymond by Sean Raymond / 13 October 2011, 09:22

Nigel Worthington stepped down from his position as Northern Ireland manager on Tuesday night at the end of the Green and White Army's Euro 2012 qualification campaign, with his last match ending in defeat away to group winners Italy. Northern Ireland finished second from bottom of Group C in what turned into a bitterly disappointing campaign. Martin O'Neill was one of a cluster of names originally linked with the new vacancy in the Next Northern Ireland Manager betting market but it is has now been confirmed that he is no longer in contention. O'Neill, who has been out of management since his shock resignation from Aston Villa in August 2010, is believed to instead be seeking a return to club management but has not ruled out future involvement with his country.

Former Northern Ireland player Jim Magilton remains the odds on 4/5 favourite in the betting. Magilton is currently working with Irish side Shamrock Rovers but is reportedly keen on succeeding Worthington. Iain Dowie is also in the running after expressing his interest in the job and has been handed odds of 4/1. Elsewhere, Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O'Neill is priced at 6/1, while at 12/1 Brian Kerr is another name in the frame.

Northern Ireland have managed just two wins in their last 23 matches and are in desperate need of a fresh approach as they look ahead to next year's qualification process for World Cup 2014. In the meantime the Irish FA will take their time and carefully consider their options before naming an appointment.

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