Nigel Worthington

Where is Nigel Worthington now?

An important member of the successful Sheffield Wednesday team of the 1980s and early 1990s, Nigel Worthington retired from playing in 1998 after a season in a player-manager role at Blackpool.

Starting his professional career in 1981 with Notts County, he finished having made nearly 600 first team appearances for five teams winning two promotions and the League Cup with Sheffield Wednesday.

He was also a regular for the Northern Ireland national side making 66 appearances and representing them in the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals.
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Upon retiring from playing Worthington stayed on at Blackpool as full-time manager for two and a half seasons before resigning in December 1999.

He then had a spell assisting Howard Wilkinson with the England under-21’s team before joining Norwich City in August 2000 as Bryan Hamilton’s assistant manager.

Stepping up to caretaker manager in December 2000 when Hamilton resigned, Worthington was appointed permanent manager two months later saving the team from relegation.

During his time at The Canaries he won promotion to the Premier League and also suffered relegation to the Championship spending six years at the club before getting the sack in 2006 after a string of bad results.

In 2007 Worthington made a return to football as caretaker manager at Leicester City but wasn’t offered the job on a permanent basis despite leading them to Championship safety.

Later that year he was appointed manager of Northern Ireland, a role which he had until 2011 when he resigned after a poor Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

In 2013 Worthington made a return to football management when he joined League Two side York City keeping them in the league in his first season and reaching the play-offs in his second season.

He left the club in October 2014 after a series of poor results left the club one place above the relegation places.

Worthington joined non-league side Fakenham Town as a club ambassador in 2016 but left after 18 months because of non-football related matters.

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Nigel Worthington: Premier League Statistics

NationalityNorthern Irish
Yellow Cards10
Red Cards1
Premier League Teams Played forLeeds United, Sheffield Wednesday

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