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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2007, 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
Former players out of NI running
Jim Magilton
Jim Magilton would like to manage his country later in his career
Nigel Worthington has ruled himself out of the running to become the Northern Ireland manager, saying he wants to concentrate on club management for now.

"I've not applied for the job in any way, shape or form," he said.

"Club management is my priority. At some stage I would love to manage Northern Ireland as to work for your country is a great source of pride."

Jim Magilton also ruled out taking the post as he is "100 per cent focused on getting Ipswich into the Premiership".

The former NI midfielder was linked with the vacant post on Monday.

"I won't be in the running for the job, full or part-time," said Magilton.

"I have a job to do at Ipswich and it's one I'm 100% focused on. Getting this club back into the Premiership is a big enough challenge for me."

He added: "I was very proud to play for my country and managing Northern Ireland would be a great honour, it's certainly something I'd like to do at some stage in my career.

"I've only been in the management game for a year and have a lot more experience to gain before I can be at that level, but one day I'd love the opportunity."

The Irish Football Association is prepared to take at least another five weeks before naming Lawrie Sanchez's successor.

Northern Ireland are leading their Euro 2008 qualifying group and their next match is against Liechtenstein in August.

Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy said he wants to make a return to the NI post he resigned from in 2003.

McIlroy, still celebrating after Morecambe's Conference play-off final victory over Exeter City on Sunday, left Northern Ireland to manage Stockport County after a poor run of results.

"How could you turn down your country," said McIlroy.

"There are going to be loads of people interviewed. Mr Boyce (IFA president) is in charge of that procedure so we will just have to wait and see what happens from him."

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