Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he turned down the opportunity to coach Northern Ireland on a part-time basis.
Rodgers, who had previously said he hoped to manage his country later in his career, said he snubbed the chance to step into the role vacated by Nigel Worthington at the end of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign because he is committed to the south Wales club, and believes that the Northern Ireland job can only be done on a full-time basis.
Rodgers said: "The story was simple, a couple of weeks ago Northern Ireland approached the chairman (Huw Jenkins) and asked for permission to speak to me with regards to doing the job part-time, and my stance was the same as it was a number of weeks ago."
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