The IFA has given Magilton a four-year deal in a role that will see him “be responsible for elite player development for boys and girls” as well as “drive on the identification and development of talented young players”. The 44-year-old, who won 52 caps for the country, begins work on July 1. His brief is to find and develop Northern Ireland-qualified young players, as well as oversee a coach development programme. Tackling the issue of eligible players using a FIFA ruling to declare for Ireland has been a feature of O’Neill’s tenure and Magilton will now share that burden. The former Ipswich and QPR manager will also work with Under-21 boss Stephen Robinson, Under-19 coach Stephen Craigan and Alfie Wylie, who manages the women’s team. “I am very pleased and indeed honoured to have been offered this opportunity to join the Irish Football Association as elite performance director,” said Magilton. “Player identification and development is a key part of the modern game and I am looking forward to getting started in my new role and to working with all the young players in Northern Ireland. “We must work collectively and strategically to ensure we cultivate the most talented players – both boys and girls – at all age groups in Northern Ireland and I believe that by doing this we can create a talent pipeline which will help to build successful and sustainable international squads of the future.” O’Neill welcomed the news, adding: “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Jim on board. I have known Jim for over 20 years and I know that he will be a huge asset to the Irish Football Association. “His experience as a player and a coach, along with his knowledge and his ability to manage and implement coaching structures, will ensure that all our elite young players are identified and developed and in turn will bring through generations of international players for all our national teams.” Northern Ireland have appointed former international Jim Magilton to the new position of elite performance director. The role reunites Magilton with Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, having briefly worked as his assistant at Shamrock Rovers. Magilton had originally applied for the manager’s job when Nigel Worthington resigned at the end of 2011 and, although the Irish Football Association preferred O’Neill, it has kept in close contact with Magilton. Press Association
The University of California system announced Friday a plan to increase tuition 8 to 16 percent annually over the next four years, a change that is expected to affect USC admissions.If enacted, the proposal will affect the UC system’s ability to attract highly qualified students, USC Dean of Admission Timothy Brunold said.“The [UC] system has long been considered a very good value,” Brunold said in an email. “But now the challenge will be for it to find ways to offer a high-quality and engaging experience within an environment of tight budgets and increasing demand.”Brunold also said the increase in tuition could challenge UC students, while more financially secure institutions would be able to directly assist students in financing their educations.“Considering the steady fee hikes in the [UC] system, I would imagine that there are more and more students attending those schools who will need aid,” Brunold said. “USC is fortunate to have one of the largest university-funded financial aid budgets in the country so our ability to help students financially is not dependent on government funding or other outside sources.”This move was prompted by the recent reduction in funding by the state of California for the UC system. The UC system’s state funding fell by $650 million to about $2.37 billion this year.This increase in tuition proposed by the UC system Board of Regents will be used to expand academic programs and hire new faculty, according to a statement made by the board.This proposed increase could cause tuition at schools in the UC system to rise to more than $22,000 over four years.Many students said the tuition hike might change the popularity of USC in the coming years.“The [UC] schools are supposed to be cheaper [than private universities], but if they are more expensive then more people won’t want to go,” said Rosemary Bearden, an undeclared freshman. “In addition, they could get more personal attention at a private university for a similar cost.The vote on the tuition hike and budget for the UC school system is scheduled for November 2011.