Rodgers won’t manage NI yet

Nigel Worthington took charge of his final match on Tuesday night

as Northern Ireland lost 3-0 to Italy in Pescara. With the position

becoming vacant, after Worthington opted to step down, candidates

are emerging but County Antrim-born Rodgers will not be among them.

Rodgers stressed it was too early in his career as a manager to

take the international job, because he relishes his current

all-action role. The 38-year-old has led Swansea into the Premier

League for the first time and is savouring the Welsh side’s season

among the elite. Rodgers told the South Wales Evening Post:

“Managing Northern Ireland is something I want to do at some point

in my career for sure. “It’s my country. It’s where I’m from, it’s

where I grew up and it’s a country that I love. “But hopefully that

chance will come towards the end of my career, and I hope that

won’t be for many years yet. I have got too much energy to be an

international manager at the moment. Right now it’s not something

for me.” While Worthington hopes for a rapid return to club

management, the likes of early favourite Jim Magilton, Iain Dowie

and Lawrie Sanchez are possible successors. Rodgers said: “There

are a number of candidates who could fit the bill, like Martin

O’Neill, although he may want to stay in club management. “I have a

keen interest in the development of the country and I’m sure there

will be a number of possible managers who will fit the bill.”