Nigel Worthington

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Nigel Worthington
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Worthington as manager of York City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Nigel Worthington [1]
Date of birth (1961-11-04) 4 November 1961 (age 59) [1]
Place of birth Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) [1]
Position(s) Defender / Midfielder
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1979–1981 Ballymena United
1981–1984 Notts County 67 (4)
1984–1994 Sheffield Wednesday 338 (12)
1994–1996 Leeds United 43 (1)
1996–1997 Stoke City 12 (0)
1997–1998 Blackpool 9 (0)
Total469(17)
National team
Northern Ireland U18 14 (0)
1984–1997 Northern Ireland 66 (0)
Teams managed
1997–1999 Blackpool
2000–2006 Norwich City
2007 Leicester City (caretaker)
2007–2011 Northern Ireland
2013–2014 York City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Nigel Worthington (born 4 November 1961) is a Northern Irish former professional footballer who was most recently the manager of York City.

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He played a defender and a midfielder, playing his club football for Ballymena United, Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United, Stoke City and Blackpool. With Sheffield Wednesday he won the League Cup in 1991. As an international player, he was capped 66 times for Northern Ireland, and appeared for them at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Worthington began his managerial career as player-manager of Blackpool in 1997 before he took over as manager of Norwich City in 2000. He guided Norwich into the Premier League in the 2003–04 season as First Division title winners. He left just over two years afterwards, having failed to keep them in the top-flight in 2005. He was briefly caretaker manager of Leicester City in 2007 prior to starting as manager of Northern Ireland, from which he stepped down in 2011.

Club career

Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Worthington played as a left-back and a midfielder and started his career with hometown team Ballymena United in 1979, where he was Ulster Football Writers Young Player of the Year in 1981. [2] [3] He moved into English football with Notts County on 1 July 1981 for a £100,000 fee. [1]

Worthington signed for Sheffield Wednesday on 6 February 1984 for a £125,000 fee, and he stayed at the club for over 10 years. [1] He earned promotion into the First Division with Wednesday in the 1983–84 season as Second Division runners-up. [4] He was a member of the team that won the League Cup as well as a return into the First Division after finishing in third place in the Second Division in 1990–91. [4] [5] Two years later, Worthington and his teammates were losing finalists in the 1993 FA Cup Final. [4]

Worthington left Wednesday to sign for Leeds United on 4 July 1994 for a £325,000 fee, spending two seasons at the club and one season at Stoke City, after signing on a free transfer on 18 July 1996. [1]

International career

Worthington was capped 14 times by the Northern Ireland national under-18 team before making his debut for the senior national team in a 1–1 draw away to Wales in the 1983–84 British Home Championship on 22 May 1984. [4] This was notable for being Northern Ireland's final match in the last ever British Home Championship, the point gained being enough for Northern Ireland to win, and keep in perpetuity, the trophy. [6] In Northern Ireland's subsequent successful qualifying campaign for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Worthington started one qualifying match and came on as a substitute in three more. [2] In the Finals tournament itself, Worthington started two of Northern Ireland's three matches, against Algeria and Spain. [2] He served as Northern Ireland captain from 1995 to 1996. [2] Worthington's 66th and final cap was gained in Northern Ireland's 3–0 victory in a home friendly against Belgium on 11 February 1997. [4]

Managerial career

Blackpool

Worthington's managerial career started as the player-manager at Blackpool on 8 July 1997. [4] [7] He soon retired from playing to take on sole managerial duties, but two and a half seasons in charge ended with his resignation on 23 December 1999 following a dip in form that saw the club lying in the Second Division relegation battle. [7] [8] "I have taken the club as far as I can," he stated. [8]

Norwich City

After acting as assistant to Howard Wilkinson with the England under-21 team, Worthington moved to Norwich City on 27 June 2000 as assistant to Bryan Hamilton. [9] He was given the role of assistant manager for the Northern Ireland national under-21 team on 22 August, which he shared with his duties at Norwich. [9] He was appointed caretaker manager at Norwich on 4 December after Hamilton resigned, and on 2 January 2001 was appointed as permanent manager. [10] He later saved the club from relegation into the Second Division. [11] The 2001–02 season, Worthington's first full season, saw Norwich reach the 2002 First Division play-off Final, in which they lost to Birmingham City in a penalty shoot-out. [12]

In his third full season in charge, 2003–04, Worthington took Norwich into the Premier League after winning the First Division championship with a club record 94 points. [11] [13] With one match remaining in 2004–05, Norwich were one point above the relegation zone, [14] but after a 6–0 defeat by Fulham were relegated in 19th place. [15] [16]

Norwich were tipped to make an instant return into the Premier League in 2005–06 having retained the majority of their squad. [17] The team failed to mount the expected promotion challenge, which led to some supporters calling for Worthington to leave the club, with Norwich finishing the season ninth in the Championship table. [18] [19] After a defeat to Plymouth Argyle early in September 2006, Norwich's majority shareholders, Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones, released a statement expecting Worthington to improve the team's performance in the following matches. [20] Worthington was sacked by Norwich almost immediately after a 4–1 defeat to Burnley on 1 October, a result that left the team 17th in the table. [21]

Leicester City

Worthington was appointed caretaker manager of relegation threatened Championship club Leicester City for the rest of 2006–07 on 11 April 2007. [22] Despite losing his first match to former club Norwich, he was able to steer Leicester to safety and stated his desire to become Leicester's permanent manager. [23] He lost out on the position to Martin Allen. [24]

Northern Ireland

Worthington was appointed as manager of Northern Ireland on 1 June 2007, initially on a short-term contract until the end of the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign in November. [25] At the time of his appointment, Northern Ireland led their qualification group. [25] Although Northern Ireland eventually finished third in their qualification group, the Irish Football Association gave Worthington a two-year contract in January 2008. [26] This was subsequently renewed in January 2010, lasting until the end of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. [27] However, after a poor UEFA Euro 2012 qualification campaign he stepped down on 11 October 2011 after the final qualifier against Italy. [28]

York City

Worthington was appointed manager of League Two club York City on 4 March 2013, after Gary Mills was sacked two days earlier. [29] His first match in charge was a 3–2 defeat away to AFC Wimbledon on 9 March. [30] On the last day of the season, York won 1–0 away to Dagenham & Redbridge, which secured the club's League Two status, finishing the season in 17th place. [31] [32] He signed a new one-year rolling contract on 3 May. [33] Worthington managed the team that reached the League Two play-offs in 2013–14, in which York were beaten 1–0 on aggregate in the semi-final by Fleetwood Town. [34] He resigned as manager on 13 October 2014 with the team one place above the relegation zone, and was quoted as saying "In recent weeks, performances have not been up to my high standards and I take full responsibility for this". [35]

Personal life

Worthington married Sandra Hopkins in Nottingham in 1983. [36] His cousin is fellow manager Brendan Rodgers. [37]

Career statistics

Club

Worthington as manager of York City in 2013 Nigel Worthington 03-08-2013 1.jpg
Worthington as manager of York City in 2013
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Notts County 1981–82 [38] First Division 2000003 [lower-alpha 1] 050
1982–83 [39] First Division4132050483
1983–84 [40] First Division2412060321
Total6744011030854
Sheffield Wednesday 1983–84 [41] Second Division 141141
1984–85 [42] First Division3813060471
1985–86 [43] First Division1501100161
1986–87 [44] First Division35050201 [lower-alpha 2] 0430
1987–88 [45] First Division38040501 [lower-alpha 2] 0480
1988–89 [46] First Division280002000300
1989–90 [47] First Division32220302 [lower-alpha 2] 0392
1990–91 [5] Second Division331301001 [lower-alpha 2] 0471
1991–92 [48] First Division34520301 [lower-alpha 2] 0405
1992–93 [49] Premier League 40180713 [lower-alpha 3] 1583
1993–94 [50] Premier League3111030351
Total338122914119141715
Leeds United 1994–95 [51] Premier League2714020331
1995–96 [52] Premier League160303000220
Total431705000551
Stoke City 1996–97 [53] First Division1200031151
Blackpool 1997–98 [54] Second Division90000090
Career total4691740160212158121
  1. Appearances in Football League Group Cup
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Appearance(s) in Full Members Cup
  3. Appearances in UEFA Cup

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Northern Ireland [55] 198430
198540
198650
198750
198870
198930
199040
199130
199260
199370
199460
199580
199630
199720
Total660

Managerial statistics

As of 13 October 2014
Managerial record by team and tenure
TeamFromToRecordRef
PWDLWin %
Blackpool 8 July 199723 December 1999134443456032.8 [7]
Norwich City 4 December 20001 October 200628011462104040.7 [7] [21]
Leicester City (caretaker)11 April 200725 May 20075203040.0 [7] [22]
Northern Ireland 1 June 200711 October 20114191022022.0 [7] [28]
York City 4 March 201313 October 201476232924030.3 [7]
Total536192135209035.8

Honours

As a player

Ballymena United

Sheffield Wednesday

As a manager

Norwich City

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