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Jimmy Nicholl new Northern Ireland assistant manager

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
Jimmy Nicholl - the new NI Assistant manager (Pic Pacemaker Press)
Jimmy Nicholl - the new NI Assistant manager (Pic Pacemaker Press)

Jimmy Nicholl has been appointed as the assistant manager of the Northern Ireland football team.

The former NI international won 73 caps, playing in the 1982 and 1986 World Cup Finals.

He said: “Having played in two World Cups for Northern Ireland nothing would thrill me more than to be part of the squad to qualify for another major tournament and I am delighted that Michael and the Irish FA have seen fit to place such trust in me.


"I can’t wait to get started.”

In his club playing career he represented Manchester United, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion in England.

In Scotland, he played for Raith Rovers, Rangers and Dunfermline Athletic.

Nicholl also represented Toronto Blizzard in Canada.

During his managerial career he won the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish First Division in the 1994-1995 season with Raith Rovers.

Nicholl will stay as manager of Scottish Championship side Cowdenbeath when he takes over the role as assistant manager of Northern Ireland. 

Northern Ireland manager, Michael O'Neill, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Jimmy on board.

"He has vast experience as a player and a coach and having been capped 73 times he knows what it means to play for Northern Ireland and what an honour it is.

“I have known Jimmy for over 25 years and I know that he will be a huge asset to my backroom team.”