Former Wednesday man Nigel is installed as York boss

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YORK have appointed former Sheffield Wednesday playe and Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington, 51, as their new manager.

The Minstermen sacked Gary Mills following Saturday’s defeat to Bradford - a result which left them 18th in League Two; four points above the relegation zone.

A club statement read: “The decision to appoint Nigel was based on his solid Football League experience, his strong coaching ability and his extensive knowledge of players throughout the leagues. The York board of directors welcomes Nigel Worthington to the club and looks forward to working with him.”

Worthington started his managerial career at Blackpool in 1997 before an impressive spell at Norwich, where he led the club to the Premier League in 2003/04.

He took over as Northern Ireland manager in 2007 and stayed in the position until 2011.

Former Northern Ireland team-mate John O’Neill told the BBC that Worthington would relish the challenge of managing a League Two club.

“You can draw similarities to when he joined Norwich City who were just hovering above the relegation zone,” he said.

“He managed to steady the ship and they went on to promotion to the Premiership. He certainly has the experience for it.”

In 10 years at Sheffield Wendesday, (1984–1994) Worthington clocked up 338 games, scoring 12 goals.

He left to spend two years at Leeds United.