Magilton says he’s leaving Melbourne Victory
Former Northern Ireland midfielder Jim Magilton says he’s
leaving the Melbourne Victory after being appointed the interim
coach for the A-League side in January and having little success
Magilton replaced the fired Mehmet Durakovic but could only
manage two wins in 12 matches as the Victory slumped to eighth
place, well out of playoff contention. He had said he was keen to
be given a longer-term contract, but the team decided to open the
coaching job to outside prospects.
Victory managing director Richard Wilson said Sunday that when
Magilton was told he was just one of several candidates on a short
list, he declined to take part in the selection process.
Magilton managed English Championship side Ipswich Town for
three years and had been an assistant at Irish club Shamrock
Rovers. He was reported to have been shortlisted for the Northern
Ireland manager’s job that went to Michael O’Neill just before
Magilton took the Australian job.
Starting his playing career with Liverpool, where he remained
until 1990, he later played for Oxford United, Southampton,
Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town. He scored five goals in 52
internationals for Northern Ireland.