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Nigel Worthington interested in Sheffield Wednesday job

Nigel Worthington
Nigel Worthington's NI deal expires at the end of this year

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has declared his interest in the vacant Sheffield Wednesday job after Brian Laws left on Sunday.

Worthington's Northern Ireland contract expires at the end of 2009 and he has yet to sign a new deal despite talks with the Irish Football Association.

"Sheffield Wednesday is a club I was at for 11 years, so there's affection for the place there," he told BBC Sport.

"If there's a chance to have a chat then I would seriously consider it."

As yet, though, no official contact with Worthington has been made by the Owls, with the likes of Darren Ferguson and Steve Cotterill also thought to be in the frame.

"It's one of those situations," he added, "where my contract expires with the Irish Football Association in a couple of weeks' time. We are having discussions on that.

"We are between qualifying campaigns now so, as far as that is concerned, perhaps the timing would be right (to leave). If I left it would give the Association time to go and select someone else prior to the Euro 2012 qualifying round in February 2010.

"But we're nowhere near that stage at this time, I am still under contract with the Irish FA, and these are purely rumours."

Worthington made clear his unhappiness at Friday's relevation that he had held talks with the Irish FA on Thursday.

"There had been a meeting which I thought was private but that information came out that we had had the meeting," he added.

"That was something which didn't particularly please me with someone somewhere giving the information out."

Worthington and Irish FA president Raymond Kennedy and chief executive Patrick Nelson all attended Sunday's BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Sheffield but the Northern Ireland boss said that the management issue "wasn't discussed".

Laws left the struggling Championship club by mutual consent on Sunday.

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The Owls lost 3-0 at Leicester on Saturday to slip into the bottom three and have not won since 17 October.

But Worthington believes the potential remains at the club to improve their fortunes, saying: "The attraction is that I believe the time is right for someone to go to that club and turn it the other way, to make things happen.

"Knowing the club, and some people at the club, as I do, it is something I would have to very seriously look at."

Academy boss Sean McAuley has taken temporary charge following Laws' exit.

Assistant manager Russ Wilcox and development coach John Dungworth have also left the club.

McAuley previously served as caretaker manager between October and November 2006 following the departure of Paul Sturrock and the arrival of Laws.

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see also
Worthington NI future 'in doubt'
11 Dec 09 |  Internationals
Sheff Wed part company with Laws
13 Dec 09 |  Sheff Wed
Laws downcast after defeat at Leicester
13 Dec 09 |  Sheff Wed
Leicester 3-0 Sheff Wed
12 Dec 09 |  Championship
Laws takes over as Sheff Wed boss
06 Nov 06 |  Sheff Wed

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