SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Nigel Worthington is Worthy of return to club job

Open mind: Ex-Owls ace  Nigel Worthington is waiting for the right chance
Open mind: Ex-Owls ace Nigel Worthington is waiting for the right chance
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FORMER Wednesday star Nigel Worthington is looking to get back in the game.

He is keeping an open mind about his future and says he will be realistic about which job he accepts.

The 50-year-old ex-Blackpool, Norwich and Leicester manager is seeking a return to club football after stepping down as Northern Ireland boss last year.

Recently he has has been working as a radio commentator - which took him to Hillsborough for the final game of last season and brought back some happy memories.

But there have been some poignant memories as well for the former left back after the death of ex-Northern Ireland and QPR centre-half Alan McDonald at the age of 48.

“I’m keeping an open mind,” says Worthington, on his future: “It’s a case of waiting for an opportunity. When you’ve seen the likes of Big Sam (Allardyce) and Steve McClaren managing in the Championship, it shows that a lot of people are out of work.

“I’m not going to say that unless it’s the Manchester United job I’m not going to take it. You’ve got to be realistic.”

Worthington won more caps while a Wednesday player - 50 out of a career total of 66 - than anyone else in the club’s history, and most of his caps were won with McDonald alongside him.

“It was a feeling of shock and disbelief when I learned he had passed away,” he said.

“Forty-eight is no age. He was a fantastic lad who gave everything for club and country. I knew him ever so well and played with him or against him many times.”