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James McClean never wanted to play for Northern Ireland – Nigel Worthington

EXCLUSIVE: Worthington reveals McClean never wanted to play for Northern Ireland

qualifier against Italy in Pescara and now, almost 18 months after handing the reins to Michael O'Neill, he admits he would return.

'If the opportunity ever came up again, I wouldn't think twice about taking it,' he said.

'I loved every minute of that job. I loved working with the squad and the people behind the scenes were always terrific.'

While
those supporting Worthington in post are fondly remembered, he failed
to leave much of a legacy among the fans, who complained at his
'negative' tactics.

'Some
people will remember sections of the supporters having a go at me
towards the end of my time but I wouldn't say a bad word against them.

'They
were fantastic, loyal and passionate throughout my time in charge and
there is no better sight in football than seeing 13,500 people inside a
bouncing Windsor Park.'

Nigel Adkins should join Huddersfield Town, says Terriers stand-in manager Mark Lillis

Adkins should become a Terrier, says Huddersfield stand-in boss

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:45 GMT, 26 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:48 GMT, 26 January 2013

Nigel Adkins has emerged as the favourite to take over at Huddersfield Town – and he's been backed by the man he would replace.

Terriers caretaker boss Mark Lillis, who is in charge for their home FA Cup fourth round tie with Leicester City today, helped Adkins into management.

And now he's urging the recently sacked Southampton boss to come to Yorkshire, according to The Sun.

Yorkshire move Nigel Adkins has been strongly linked with the vacant manager's position at Huddersfield Town following his sacking at Southampton

Yorkshire move Nigel Adkins has been strongly linked with the vacant manager's position at Huddersfield Town following his sacking at Southampton

Lillis said: 'Huddersfield is a very attractive job.

'We spoke at length about Nigel going into management when he was physio at Scunthorpe. I said 'Give it a go.''

Adkins was surprisingly sacked as Southampton manager on January 18, just two days after a 2-2 draw at Chelsea that left them 15th in the table.

He was immediately replaced by Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, who started his tenure with a 0-0 draw against Everton on Monday.

Frozen out: Simon Grayson was sacked as Huddersfield manager last week after a 12-game winless sequences

Frozen out: Simon Grayson was sacked as Huddersfield manager last week after a 12-game winless sequences

Huddersfield axed Simon Grayson following a 12-match winless run, which had seen them slide dangerously close to the Championship relegation zone.

Grayson, 43, had led Town to League One promotion last season, after beating Sheffield United in the play-off final.

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Italian job: Balotelli played through Euro 2012 with a hint of blond

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Hair today, gone tomorrow: Balotelli before the bleach blond style

Sean O"Driscoll sacked by Nottingham Forest

Forest sack O'Driscoll after thumping win over Leeds

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19:15 GMT, 26 December 2012

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Sacked: Sean O'Driscoll has left Forest

Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Sean O'Driscoll just hours after a 4-2 home win over Leeds left the club one point adrift of the npower Championship play-off places.

Owners Fawaz Al Hasawi and Abdulaziz Al Hasawi say they have made the decision because they want a manager with Premier League experience.

O'Driscoll, who left Crawley in the summer to take over at the City Ground, leaves Forest eighth in the table.

Reds chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi admits the timing of O'Driscoll's departure is unfortunate.

He told the club's official website: 'We cannot speak highly enough of Sean as a man.

'He was appointed at an extremely difficult time for the club and can count himself unlucky to have lost his job with the team just one point away from the top six.

'But we have a responsibility to look to the future for this great club because we have huge ambitions for it.

'We knew when we bought the club in the summer that it would take time for the players we bought in to settle but that process has taken longer than we anticipated.

Two good: Billy Sharp (left) scored twice as Forest beat Leeds 4-2

Two good: Billy Sharp (left) scored twice as Forest beat Leeds 4-2

'We feel we have developed a really strong squad of players but are still searching for consistency in terms of team performance, underlined by the fact that we have not won more than two games in succession in the Championship this season.

'And with the January transfer window approaching, we feel it's the right time to make a change.

'We are looking to bring in an ambitious manager with Premier League experience.'

Willian dreams of move to Chelsea

Chelsea target Willian says he dreams of leaving Shakhtar and moving to Stamford Bridge

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07:26 GMT, 21 December 2012

Chelsea target Willian says he hopes to complete his dream move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Shakhtar Donetsk forward had hoped to move to Chelsea in the summer but a move never materialised.

Chelsea were not the only English club to show interest in the Brazilian, but they led the chase.

Looking to move: Willian says he would love to play in England

Looking to move: Willian says he would love to play in England

Willian was disappointed to see Shakhtar block a deal, but understands why there were so keen to keep him and believes he will grace one of Europe’s top divisions at some stage in the near future.

He told ESPN.com.br: 'My goal is to play for a bigger club in a high level league.'

On Chelsea, he said: 'If I tell you that I was happy, I would be lying. My desire was there, with a 20.3million offer from a big club like Chelsea. I wanted to pack my things and go, but I can’t do that as I am under contract.

'It shows how much Shakhtar like me and shows that I am doing a good job, which is why they wanted me to stay.

'I have tried to convince them many times to let me go. I know that Juventus and Chelsea have made offers to buy me and that motivates me a lot.

'The club know that I want to leave, everyone knows that. The president has told me that he’ll let me go for 24.4m and my intention is to sign for a big club.'

Kevin Kilbane column: Media work brings different pressure and nerves to playing

Media work isn't as nerve-racking as making your debut as a player… but it's not far off

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00:41 GMT, 15 December 2012

I played at Everton for three years and made more than 100 appearances for David Moyes.

I’ve lost count of the number of games I have watched at Goodison Park as a player, spectator and a pundit.

Last Sunday, just a day after finally announcing my retirement, I walked into the ground in my new job. And with that came an entirely different pressure, and plenty of nerves. Not as bad as making your debut as a player, but pretty close.

New pressure: Kevin Kilbane says life as a pundit will bring different stresses

New pressure: Kevin Kilbane says life as a pundit will bring different stresses

I’ve worked with BBC Five Live and Newstalk as co-commentator while still playing and always enjoyed it, it’s one of the reasons I’m happy with the choice of new career.

For the record I don’t see the career taking me to Limerick as manager just yet. I’ve always said I wouldn’t rule out a return to coaching but when I landed in Dublin yesterday to read about my pending appointment at Jackman Park, it was as much of a surprise to me as everyone else.

The club did make contact for the first time yesterday afternoon and I wouldn’t rule out talking to them in the future, if they are serious.

As a player, as soon as you put down the headphones and head home, you start worrying about the day job and training on Monday morning. That security was gone now.

I love watching football – I was at Preston North End v Crewe Alexandra on Saturday just to see my old club – and I’ve always analysed games the same way, and want to put that over in the commentaries.

Particularly at Hull last season I started to really study the opposition and analyse formations, teams and players, so I’ll use that as the basis of the information I’ll bring to the listeners.

I’ve always tried to be honest, but of course, while still a player yourself, at the back of your mind is the fact you might say something that might upset a former team-mate or fellow professional. I’m not going to go daft and say things for the sake of it but I’ll say it as I see it.

In attendance: Kilbane was at Goodison to see Everton score a late winner and beat Tottenham 2-1

In attendance: Kilbane was at Goodison to see Everton score a late winner and beat Tottenham 2-1

The reaction to last week’s announcement has really surprised me, and fans from all the clubs I’ve played for, and from Ireland, have said some very nice things.

There have been one or two less favourable ones and my personal favourite was a tweet from a Sunderland fan who said 'I thought he retired when he was playing for us.'

Yes. I’m on Twitter, and the first week has certainly been interesting.

I know a lot of players use it now but I was never really comfortable joining while I was still a professional footballer representing a football club.

While I will still be careful about what I say, and won’t be using it to provoke furious debate, I am freer now to express my views and enjoy it.

It’s really nice to interact with fans and answer their questions, send on any retweet requests, and pass on any little tips. Just don’t be fooled by this week’s success!

I can use it to raise the awareness of the Downs Syndrome Association and without Twitter I might not have found out about the campaign to save Preston Bus Station. It’s part of my childhood (is it right for a man to be proud of his town’s bus station). They can’t knock it down.

Whatever apprehensions I had about hanging up the boots disappeared the moment it was out. Finally I could answer questions about my future and look forward to that first game at Everton.

Good times: The Irish international retired from football last week

Good times: The Irish international retired from football last week

And since then the phone hasn’t stopped. It’s been incredible really, and of course I know it will calm down, but the offers of work have naturally been very welcome.

I was asked to stand in at the last minute for Question of Sport. And bumped into Robbie Savage as he left following the first recording. 'They let any old riff-raff in here.' Yes, Robbie Savage.

Played on Phil Tufnell’s team and met Irish champion jockey Richard Hughes, which was a real honour. I had to put our snap on Twitter.

If there’s one commitment I am nervous about, it’s my first appearance on The Late Late Show. It’s an Irish institution. And just to put my mind at rest the fellow guests are Dohmnall Gleeson, The Dubliners, Catherine Jenkins and Billy Connolly.

I do keep asking myself what I’m doing there.

Coleman's coming through

Everton reserves manager Alan Stubbs first brought Seamus Coleman to my attention.

He’d just signed from Sligo Rovers and Stubbsy mentioned him because he liked the look of him straight away and he looked like he was going to become a good footballer.

So I kept an eye on him and I know he was an integral part of the Blackpool team which gained promotion.

They wanted to sign him permanently but David Moyes recognised that loan spell was an important part of his progression and he had plans for him at Everton.

In his first season he mainly played in midfield but for the last two has been competing with Tony Hibbert for the right-back slot.

Tony is a very good defender, and not much gets past him, but doesn’t give as much as Seamus going forward.

Impressed: Kilbane rates Seamus Coleman and is pleased with his progress

Impressed: Kilbane rates Seamus Coleman and is pleased with his progress

Tony’s injury has given Seamus his chance, which he has really grasped. He was excellent against Tottenham last week and you can see his defensive game is improving. He has made mistakes but the good thing is, you can see he is learning from them.

I really believe that Seamus’s long overdue regular place in the Republic of Ireland team is behind his form this season.

It should have happened two years ago but now he is established in the squad, he has grown in confidence.

He could have gone the other way after missing out on the Euro finals, and I know that must have hurt him. How many players get the hump and don’t make themselves available You have to earn the right to play for your country.

Seamus has been on the peripherary but always made himself available, turned up when selected, not moaned when he hasn’t played. He just wants to play for Ireland.

He’s turned up, worked hard, played well for his club and got his call-ups. His performances can only be good news for Ireland, Everton and Seamus.

My part in Arsenal’s downfall

I got a text message from my former Hull team-mate Matt Duke on Tuesday, wishing me all the best for retirement.

I asked what he was up to and he texted: 'All good, got a game against Arsenal tonight.’

Clearly it inspired Matt to his heroics in the penalty shoot-out Capital One Cup win over The Gunners.

Matt, who’s now coaching at Bradford too, has fought back from testicular cancer, and his harsh release from Hull in the summer of 2011.

And I can’t think of many lads who deserve a night to cherish for the rest of his life as much as Dukes.

Kevin Kilbane is a columnist for The Irish Daily Mail

Alex Ferguson says Manchester United defence must stop being bullied

Fergie warns his defence: Stop being bullied and toughen up

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10:42 GMT, 16 November 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United defenders to 'toughen up' after being alarmed at the way goals have been conceded this season.

Ferguson said he was especially unhappy at how Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke had 'bulldozed' Chris Smalling too easily last weekend.

The Manchester United manager issued a blunt message to his side ahead of their game at Norwich as he reflected on the way they once more went two goals behind at Aston Villa.

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke towers above Chris Smalling

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke towers above Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling looks like he didn't enjoy the experience on his return to action

Chris Smalling looks like he didn't enjoy the experience on his return to action

Javier Hernandez's razor-sharp finishing rescued the day and gave United a dramatic 3-2 win but Ferguson said: 'It has been our Achilles heel this season. The fact that we have players who can change the course of a game is always a huge advantage and that's exactly what Chico did when he went on at Villa.

'But the fact is, you can't take it as a gimme that you are going to come back every time and overturn a two-goal deficit. We've got to defend better and toughen up, plain and simple.

'That much was evident at Villa from the way they scored their first goal.

Rio Ferdinand battles with the powerful Belgian Benteke

Rio Ferdinand battles with the powerful Belgian Benteke

'Their centre forward, Christian Benteke, simply bulldozed Chris Smalling out of the way to set up what was a wonderful strike from the edge of the area.

'These are areas we have to improve on because we can't keep giving goals away.

'If we can sort that out, we'll be fine, because as a collective group, this squad is stronger this season and the younger players have more experience.'

Smalling prepares to lock horn with Benteke as United win 3-2

Smalling prepares to lock horn with Benteke as United win 3-2

He praised Norwich manager Chris Hughton for the job he has done. Norwich are four games unbeaten after a shaky start.

Wayne Rooney is a doubt with an ankle injury that forced him out of the England game, but Robin van Persie should be fit to play.Jonny Evans is doubtful for the
Carrow Road encounter, but the United boss had good news on Phil Jones.

The England defender has not played this
term after suffering a knee injury during pre-season. Jones is closing on a return, though, which could come
against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday.

'Phil has been training all week,' said Ferguson. 'We will take him to Turkey. That is a great start for
him.'

Hernandez will start after his match-winning cameo at Villa Park. 'Javier came on last week and changed the game
completely,” said Ferguson. 'He should start tomorrow.'

Everton watch Norway defender Vegard Forren

Everton watch Norway defender Forren but Fulham remain favourites

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22:30 GMT, 15 November 2012

Everton manager David Moyes was among scouts monitoring Norway defender Vegard Forren, 24, during their 2-0 win over Hungary on Wednesday.

Fulham are thought to be in pole position for the in-form player from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Norwegian champions, Molde.

Defender Brede Hangeland recently confirmed his side's interest in his international team-mate.

Target: Norway's Vegard Forren (left) is wanted by Everton and Fulham

Target: Norway's Vegard Forren (left) is wanted by Everton and Fulham

'His name has come up,' Hangeland
told TV2. 'They asked me about him after the last international break,
so of course I had to be honest and tell them he’s a very good
footballer.

'It’s no wonder Fulham have noticed him, I’m sure he’s been noticed by others as well.

'I think it was the manager who mentioned it. He picks up on quite a few things.

'He asked me about Forren. I told him that he’s a good player, and that occasionally good players come out of Norway as well.

Join me: Forren (left) with Fulham's Brede Hangeland (centre)

Join me: Forren (left) with Fulham's Brede Hangeland (centre)

'I try to answer honestly when I’m asked about something. I’ve often answered that Scandinavian players aren’t good enough.

'But
when it comes to Vegard Forren, I think he could be good enough for a
career abroad. But if it’s now or in the future, only time will tell.'

Asked
if he thinks he thought Forren would come to Fulham, Hangeland added:
'We’ll see. I think if he did come, he’d do a good job'.

Arsenal held by Bilbao in NextGen

Arsenal held in Bilbao as young Gunners fail to take advantage of extra man

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23:05 GMT, 15 November 2012

Arsenal were held to a goalless draw by Athletic Bilbao in the NextGen Series at the San Mames on Thursday night.

The visitors conceded a penalty midway through the half but Reice Charles-Cook came to their rescue with a fine save.

Penalty taker Gulliermo Fernandez was then sent off for elbowing Sead Hajrovic but Arsenal were unable to take advantage.

Young Guns: Arsenal were held to a draw by Athletic Bilbao

Young Guns: Arsenal were held to a draw by Athletic Bilbao

The other game in the group, between Olympiakos and Marseille finished 1-1.

Arsenal lie third, three points behind Marseille and one behind Olympiakos, with one game to play.

Job to do: Arsenal lie third in their group after their latest draw

Job to do: Arsenal lie third in their group after their latest draw

Gareth Ainsworth named Wycombe manager

Wycombe stick with Ainsworth as caretaker boss lands full-time job at League Two strugglers

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UPDATED:

10:06 GMT, 8 November 2012

Wycombe have confirmed Gareth Ainsworth as their player/manager on a permanent basis.

Ainsworth has been in charge since Gary Waddock was axed at the end of September and has now signed a contract until the end of the season.

Joint-chairman Don Woodward said: 'We knew he would be a front-runner for the job from the moment we placed him in caretaker charge, but his outstanding attributes really came to the fore over the last seven weeks and we feel now is the right time to seal our commitment towards him as the next manager of this proud football club.

Taking the reins: Gareth Ainsworth has been handed the top job at Wycombe

Taking the reins: Gareth Ainsworth has been handed the top job at Wycombe

'Gareth has had to contend with a
terribly unlucky injury list but has got the players working hard for
each other, showing faith in some extremely talented younger players and
reaping the benefits with some impressive results since taking charge.

'His professionalism, enthusiasm and
tactical awareness have impressed everybody on the board and we are all
looking forward to working closely with him to deliver success on and
off the pitch.

'Many things will change with him at
the helm, and you will see a stronger and fitter team emerge and
challenge in every game they play.'

Ainsworth has been at Wycombe since leaving QPR in 2010 after a brief loan spell at Adams Park.

The 39-year-old steered Wanderers to their first home win of the season, against Torquay last month, and has reached the area quarter-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Ainsworth told the club website: 'I’m delighted and honoured to be the manager of Wycombe Wanderers. The club has a big history of successful managers and I will be giving it my all to join that list.

'I would like to thank Don Woodward and the board for this opportunity. They’ve put their faith in me and I will work as hard as I possibly can to get out of this current situation, with the long-term aim to bring success to the club.'