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Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough sacked

by | Oct 21, 2022

The Irish FA has parted ways with Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough after a decision was taken at an executive board meeting in Belfast on Thursday evening.

NI have won just four of their 22 competitive fixtures with Baraclough at the helm, who replaced Michael O’Neill 28 months ago. The search for a new manager begins but will not have any competitive action again until March 2023.

Irish FA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson said: “Under Ian’s stewardship we have seen the introduction of new players who will wear the green jersey with pride for years to come and for this we place on record our gratitude.

“However, in light of the overall record of results on the pitch, the Irish FA Board has subsequently taken this decision.

“We wish Ian the very best for the future and thank him for his contribution to football in Northern Ireland.”

Irish FA President Conrad Kirkwood said: “I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Ian for his commitment to the role of senior men’s manager.

“I, on behalf of the Irish Football Association and the wider football family here in Northern Ireland, wish him every success in the future.”

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