Northern Ireland appoint Jim Magilton as elite performance director
Northern Ireland have appointed former international Jim Magilton as their elite performance director.
Last Updated: 21/06/13 5:58pm
The former Ipswich and QPR boss will be reunited with Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, having briefly worked as his assistant at Shamrock Rovers.
Magilton had originally applied to manage his country when Nigel Worthington resigned at the end of 2011 and, although the Irish Football Association preferred O'Neill, officials kept in close contact with the 44-year-old.
The IFA has given Magilton a four-year deal in a role that will see him "be responsible for elite player development for boys and girls" as well as "drive on the identification and development of talented young players".
The 44-year-old, who won 52 caps for the country, begins work on 1 July.
His brief is to find and develop Northern Ireland-qualified young players, as well as oversee a coach development programme.
Tackling the issue of eligible players using a FIFA ruling to declare for the Republic of Ireland has been a feature of O'Neill's tenure and Magilton will now share that burden.
"I am very pleased and indeed honoured to have been offered this opportunity to join the Irish Football Association as elite performance director," said Magilton, who last had a short stint as manager of Melbourne Victory in 2012.
"Player identification and development is a key part of the modern game and I am looking forward to getting started in my new role and to working with all the young players in Northern Ireland."
O'Neill welcomed the news, adding: "I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Jim on board.
"I have known Jim for over 20 years and I know that he will be a huge asset to the Irish Football Association.
"His experience as a player and a coach along with his knowledge and his ability to manage and implement coaching structures, will ensure that all our elite young players are identified and developed and in turn will bring through generations of international players for all our national teams."