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

since.

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.