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Football: I still get such a buzz; EURO 2008 QUALIFIERSL: NORTHERN IRELAND'S HOPES ARE SLIM, BUT ONE BOSS WANTS TOP JOB.

Byline: By MARK McINTOSH

NIGEL WORTHINGTON is remaining coy on his future as Northern Ireland boss, despite keeping alive the Euro 2008 dream.

Worthington is certain to be offered the job on a more permanent basis but he continues to keep an open mind on the future.

After losing twice in four days last month, Northern Ireland qualification hopes took a huge nose-dive, but now they remain in the frame in what is shaping up to be the tightest group in the competition.

But Worthington revealed to Sunday Mirror Sport two weeks ago he wouldn't consider the future until after the campaign as he didn't know if he'd want the job or the IFA would want to keep him.

He said: "I'll stay for as long as I have the enthusiasm and desire for the job and that has not waned since I was appointed on June 1.

"I've always kept an open mind over our performances to date. I know what the boys are capable off and they gave me that and more on Wednesday night against Sweden."

Worthington was on the end of a lot of flak after dropping defender Stephen Craigan for miserable defeats in Latvia and Iceland last week but the Motherwell man return in Stockholm with a commanding performance.

He added: "Stephen Craigan was outstanding for us. A competitive game and a fight and tussle against a world-class striker like Zlatan Ibrahimovic is exactly up Stephen's street."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2007
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