Turmoil plagues North's preparations

Northern Ireland are aiming to get their World Cup qualifying campaign up and running tomorrow amid a backdrop of change at the Irish Football Association.

The governing body are beginning their search for a new chief executive after sacking the experienced Howard Wells.

IFA president Raymond Kennedy cited a breakdown in relations but stated no financial settlement had been agreed.

A board meeting is scheduled for Thursday while Wells has consulted his lawyers.

Kennedy said: “It got to the stage where his job had become untenable. Therefore, in the best interests of the IFA, we took this action.

“There was no debating between us whatsoever. As far as I am concerned we will be moving on.

“There will be a board meeting at the end of the week. I am 100% sure everything has been conducted in a proper manner.”

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