Shiels rules himself out of NI contention

Former Moyola Park boss Kenny Shiels will not be applying for the vacant NI job
Former Moyola Park boss Kenny Shiels will not be applying for the vacant NI job
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FOLLOWING the resignation of Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington, Upperlands man, Kenny Shiels has ruled himself out of succeeding the Worthington who resigned last week.

Shiels in an interview with a local newspaper in Kilmarnock, stated that he has a long term job at Kilmarnock and that he would not be applying for the vacant Northern Ireland managerial post.

The former Moyola Park boss had stated in August in an exclusive interview with the Mid Ulster Mail that he would be interested in the Northern Ireland job. However, at the moment Shiels is content with his managerial role at Kilmarnock, who are currently sitting in 7th position in the Scottish Premier League.

The resignation of Worthington will have been a popular decision in the Shiels household. Kenny Shiels had slated Worthington over his handling of the player eligibility issue and the lack of pastoral care given to youth players.

Dean Shiels, who is currently playing for his father at Kilmarnock, rarely featured in any of Worthington’s panels and he will be hoping that his decent form with Kilmarnock will help him to force his way back into the international setup.

Curent favourites with the bookmakers include former NI captain Jim Magilton at 4/6, former Hull City manager Iain Dowie at 3/1 and current Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O’Neill at 8/1.