Jim Magilton

Jim Magilton was confirmed as the Elite Performance Director of the IFA on June 21, 2013.

Magilton is building on the experience gained following four years in the ultra competitive environs of the Championship.

The former Northern Ireland midfielder was appointed by Ipswich Town in the summer of 2006 while still a player at Portman Road.

Belfast-born Magilton elected to concentrate on his new career and steadied the financially-stretched former Premiership outfit by finishing 14th in his first season.

The following year Ipswich climbed to eighth, missing out on a play-off place by just a single point. Magilton departed Portman Road, after again just missing out on the play-offs in 2008-09 season.

However, at the time he left - April, 2009 - his overall record was better than break even with 56 victories compared to 51 defeats across 148 matches.

Jim Magilton was then confirmed as the new manager of QPR on June 3, 2009 and would remain with the club until December 2009.

Before his spell in Australia, Jim also served as the assistant manager of Shamrock Rovers working with the current Northern Ireland boss, Michael O'Neill.

As a player, Magilton was an accomplished an all-rounder as an energetic, powerful midfielder with a fine range of passing. He was also a regular goalscorer with 64 in 580 appearances.

Capped 52 times by his country, he was an apprentice at Liverpool before serving long spells with Oxford and Southampton.

After two years with Sheffield Wednesday, who paid £1.6m for his signature, Magilton moved to Ipswich where he hit the only hat-trick of his career . . . a virtuoso match winning performance in the 1999 play-off semi-final with Bolton.

He is currently enrolled in the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.

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