Nigel Worthington today announced he will step down as manager of Northern Ireland after their final UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier in Italy tomorrow night.
FIFA.com has been gathering reaction from players, coaches and officials to today's Preliminary Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.
Nigel Worthington says it was always his intention to remain in his position as Northern Ireland manager and not return to domestic football.
FIFA.com looks at the rise of a team whose long-established reputation for punching above its weight is being fully justified by its class of 2009.
Northern Ireland coach Nigel Worthington tells FIFA.com why he believes a first FIFA World Cup appearance since 1986 is within his side's grasp.