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Ian Baraclough appointed new Northern Ireland manager Belfast, June 28 (IANS) Ian Baraclough has been confirmed as the new Northern Ireland manager, a statement on their official website said. Baraclough, who has put pen to paper on an 18-month contract, is set to lead Northern Ireland into a packed calendar of games including UEFA Nations League, the UEFA Euro 2020 play-off semi-final away to Bosnia-Herzegovina, UEFA Euro 2020 - should Northern Ireland qualify - and the next FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, the statement on irishfa.com, read. Baraclough will take over from Michael O''Neill. "I was delighted to be linked to the job. I couldn''t be more energised and excited to get going," Baraclough said.
Irish FA president David Martin said: "On behalf of everyone connected to the Irish FA, we wish Ian the warmest of welcomes and look forward to him being a key part of our team." Irish FA chief executive officer Patrick Nelson added: "I''m delighted to welcome Ian as our senior men''s team manager.--IANS dm/pks/sdr/ Disclaimer:- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: IANS Former Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough has been named as the new manager of Northern Ireland. Baraclough takes over from Michael O'Neill, who left the job to take over the managerial reigns at Stoke City. The former League of Ireland winning managers first two matches will be in the Nations League before Northern Ireland take on Bosnia-Herzegovina in their European Championship play off. He had been Northern Ireland's Under 21 manager since 2017.
CONTINUITY The Northern Irish governing body had been keen to ensure continuity following former Shamrock Rovers boss O'Neill's departure to Championship club Stoke City. And having boasted the best Under-21 record in their history, 'Bara' was always the front-runner. Irish FA president David Martin — who was on the interview panel alongside chief executive Patrick Nelson, Neil Jardine and Gerry Mallon — said: "On behalf of the Irish FA, we wish Ian the warmest of welcomes and look forward to him being a key part of our team." FACE OFF It now sets up the prospect of two managers who cut their teeth in LOI battling it out for a spot at Euro 2020. Should Stephen Kenny's Ireland see off Slovakia in their play-off semi-final, the Boys in Green will meet the winners of Norn Iron and Bosnia-Herzegovina for a spot at next summer's tournament. Baraclough's first game in charge — away to Romania — will also be a personal milestone as it will be his 200th game in management.
The 49-year-old steps up from the Under-21s role to succeed Michael O'Neill in the position. Leicester-born Baraclough has signed an 18-month contract running until the end of the next World Cup qualifying campaign after emerging ahead of rivals Stephen Robinson, Jim Magilton, Tommy Wright and Kenny Shiels during an interview process conducted this week. Although Baraclough's first games in charge in September will be in the Nations League, Northern Ireland's main focus is on the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying play-off away to Bosnia and Herzegovina, now scheduled for October 8 after being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Leicester City daily newsletter. Free. To your inbox There's a quick and easy way to stay on top of all the Leicester City news with our daily newsletter. Delivered straight into your email inbox each day, the bulletins will feature the latest Foxes news, views, gossip and opinion. All you have to do is fill in this easy form or punch your email in at the top of the article - it looks just like this... And what's more, it's absolutely free! You can also get all the latest updates by following us on social media here Facebook and Twitter. We also have a free app which you can download. It is always up-to-date with the latest Leicester City news. Download the Android app on Google Play Download the App from the Apple Store He becomes only the second Englishman to take charge of Northern Ireland, but the Irish Football Association will hope the former Scunthorpe and Motherwell boss offers some continuity following the success of O'Neill. Baraclough, who started his playing career with the Foxes before spells with Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Notts County, Queens Park Rangers and Scunthorpe, said: "I was delighted to be linked to the job. To ultimately accept the role as the new Northern Ireland manager is an honour and a privilege. I couldn't be more energised and excited to get going." O'Neill had been juggling the demands of club and country after being named Stoke manager in November, but stepped down as Northern Ireland boss in April after it was confirmed the qualifying play-offs would not take place until the autumn. He leaves big shoes to fill after guiding Northern Ireland to qualification for Euro 2016 and narrowly missing out on a place at the 2018 World Cup. But Baraclough had been due to travel with the seniors to Bosnia, a sign of the increasing role he had been taking in the senior set-up in recent months as he emerged as a potential successor. Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson added: "I'm delighted to welcome Ian as our senior men's team manager. He will help us build on recent success but also kickstart an exciting new era for the men's senior team and the association. "We hope to hit the ground running in his first competitive fixture this September versus Romania in the UEFA Nations League." Baraclough began his management career at Scunthorpe before guiding Sligo Rovers to a league title, FAI Cup and Setanta Cup during a two-year spell in charge of the west of Ireland club. Baraclough has been in charge of the Under-21s since 2017, working with Jamal Lewis, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Liam Donnelly, Jordan Thompson, Gavin Whyte and Shayne Lavery, who are now all part of the senior set-up. Baraclough's Under-21s narrowly missed out on the play-offs in qualifying for the 2019 Euro Under-21 Championships, having recorded wins over Spain and Iceland on their way to second place in their group. His first match in charge of the senior side will be away to Romania on September 4, the first match of their Nations League campaign, while his first Windsor Park date will come three days later against Norway. Former Oldham assistant Manager Ian Baraclough has been appointed as the new Northern Ireland national team manager. He steps up from the Under 21s where he has been head coach since 2017. Northern Ireland are sitting on the cusp of qualification for next year's Euro finals, with Baraclough's third game in charge set to be a crunch playoff semi-final against Bosnia-Herzegovina on October 8.