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Northern light for Clingan

Northern Ireland midfielder Sammy Clingan says it is "hard to accept" that he might not be a regular for Coventry this season.

That is why he is keen to prove his worth tomorrow for his country in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia, surprise finalists in the World Cup.

Clingan spent the first three league games on the Coventry bench before returning to the team on Saturday when they were defeated 3-1 by Millwall.

With Adrian Boothroyd now manager, the 26-year-old is having to adjust his game and is finding it tough to impress.

Clingan, formerly of Norwich and Nottingham Forest, said: "Everyone has started with a clean slate. The lads were buzzing in pre-season and he just hasn't started me.

"It is hard for me to accept and I feel as though I have something to prove to the new manager. He wants to play a different way to what I am used to. I have got to adapt to it.

"I am a bit frustrated in myself, not really with him. I just want to be playing in the team."

Northern Ireland go into the qualifier without a goal in seven games but Clingan is looking forward to what lies ahead.

He said: "You do get excited about the games coming up against Slovenia and Italy. If Slovenia can qualify for a major championship why can't we?"