January announcement for Northern Ireland manager's job

Michael O'Neill (left) and Jim Magilton
O'Neill has ruled out co-managing N Ireland with Jim Magilton

The appointment of a new Northern Ireland manager will not be made until next month, BBC Sport understands.

Jim Magilton and Iain Dowie were interviewed for the post by the Irish Football Association last week.

Former Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O'Neill was in Belfast for his interview on Monday.

O'Neill has ruled out the possibility of co-managing the national team with Magilton, who was his assistant at the League of Ireland club.

Asked about taking the job on an equal basis O'Neill said: "I don't think it would work like that to be honest. It's not the right way to go about it."

O'Neill, who left his position with Shamrock Rovers after last week's defeat to Tottenham, would however be willing to make Magilton a part of his coaching staff at national level if he gets the national job.

"Jim and I have known each other all our lives, so there are no issues there," added O'Neill.

O'Neill has said that he would be "honoured" to fill the position, available after Nigel Worthington resigned in October.

The 42-year-old won back-to-back league titles and also made the part-time Dublin outfit the first League of Ireland club to qualify for the group stages of a European competition, after a Europa League play-off win over Partizan Belgrade.

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