Nigel Worthington
NIGEL
WORTHINGTON

Nigel Worthington was most recently the manager of York City.

Worthington is vastly experienced within the game and has also took charge of the Northern Ireland national team.

Nigel began his managerial career with Blackpool and then went onto to spend almost six years in charge of Norwich City. The main highlight of his tenure was the end of the 2003/04 season, ensuring Norwich's promotion to the Premier League as Division One champions, after coming close to doing so via the play-offs in 2002.

It was hoped that in his second managerial position he could guide the Canaries back to the top flight of English football and he came very close to doing exactly that in the 2001/02 season, when Norwich reached the First Division play-off final after snatching sixth place in the table on the last day of the regular season, on goal difference.

After beating Wolves in the semi-finals, Worthington's team took the lead against Birmingham City in the final in Cardiff, but were pegged back and eventually lost on penalties.

The following season saw the Canaries miss out on a top-six finish, as they came eighth in Division One, but in 2003/04 they maintained their early-season form to hang on to top spot and clinch a return to the top tier after a nine-year absence.

Having won the Manager of the Month award for Division One in September and December 2003, Worthington capped a fine season as he collected the honour for the third time in April and led then led the side into the Premier League.

Later Worthington had a brief spell in charge of Leicester City where he preserved their Championship status, before he was confirmed as the new manager of Northern Ireland on June 1 2007.

He stepped down from the position after the final game of the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Italy. During his 40 games in charge, he oversaw three qualifying campaigns for his country.

He later made an instant impact following his appointment at York by guiding his side to safety in League Two to preserve their Football League status.

In 2013/14, more success was to follow as Worthingon led York to the play-offs after a 7th place finish in Sky Bet League Two.

As a player, Worthington is well remembered as a hard-working Sheffield Wednesday left-back having spent ten years as a player at Hillsborough.

After a couple of seasons at Leeds United, he joined Stoke City where he spent a further year before accepting the player/manager post at Blackpool. His playing career ended before Christmas 1997 at Bloomfield Road and Nigel concentrated solely on his managerial career.

He earned 66 caps for his country.

Honours (7)
  • personal-awards
    • York City:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2014-03-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2013-04-01)
    • Norwich City:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2005-12-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2004-04-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2003-12-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2003-09-01)
  • promotions
    • Norwich City:
      • Promotion to Barclays Premiership, (2004-05-29)
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