Date: 14th May 2007 at 5:37pm
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Jimmy Calderwood does not expect Jimmy Nicholl to be Lawrie Sanchez`s replacement for the Northern Ireland job since he thinks Nicholl still harbours a grudge after he was overlooked when the position became available previously.

Nicholl was interviewed for the post during his time with Calderwood at Dunfermline but the job went to Sanchez despite Nicholl`s 73 Northern Ireland caps and a playing career that saw him play for Manchester United, Rangers, Sunderland and Dunfermline amongst others and had already been manager of Raith Rovers and Millwall.

Sanchez played football around the same time at Nicholl but only played three matches for his mother`s country, Northern Ireland after he was born in Reading and having an Ecuadorian father. Prior to his Northern Ireland management job, he had only been in charge of Sligo Rovers, Wimbledon reserves and Wycombe Wanderers and had spent most of his playing days the club he went onto help coach, Wimbledon.

immy Calderwood would be delighted if his long term assistant stayed alongside him at Pittodrie as their time together has only seen prosperity but managing the country of your birth is a big draw although the heartache of not being selected ahead of Sanchez seems to make Calderwood believe his friend will remain loyal to him.

‘Jimmy should have got it the last time but got stitched up”, said Calderwood.

‘I know it’s a job Jimmy would have liked and it was a bit of a dilemma for him the last time.

‘But I think the way it was handled means it would be a big surprise if Jimmy took it now.

‘That would please me because I want Jimmy to stay at Aberdeen.’

linching a European place could be a major decider in persuading the number 2 to remain at Pittodrie and if the players value him as much as Calderwood does, there would be no better time to show it than on this Sunday.

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