SWANSEA MANAGER BRENDAN Rodgers has turned down the chance to manage Northern Ireland on a part-time basis.
Sky Sports are reporting that the former Reading and Watford manager has been approached by the Irish Football Association with a view to replacing Nigel Worthington, who stepped down after his side’s dismal Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
Rodgers, however, has his hands full at the Liberty Stadium, having guided Swansea to the Premier League via last season’s play-offs and feels he can not dilute his responsibilities to the Welsh club.
The 38-year-old has said in the past that he wants to manage the country of his birth in the future, but not for “many years.”
“Managing Northern Ireland is something I want to do at some point in my career for sure. It’s my country. It’s where I’m from, it’s where I grew up and it’s a country that I love,” he said.
“But hopefully that chance will come towards the end of my career, and I hope that won’t be for many years yet. I have got too much energy to be an international manager at the moment.”