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Ian Baraclough sacked as Northern Ireland manager

Ian Baraclough led Northern Ireland through a dismal Nations League campaign
Ian Baraclough led Northern Ireland through a dismal Nations League campaign Ian Baraclough led Northern Ireland through a dismal Nations League campaign

Ian Baraclough has been sacked as manager of Northern Ireland, the Irish Football Association has announced.

The news comes after the squad endured a dismal Nations League campaign which saw fans turn against the 51-year-old manager.

Baraclough, who replaced Michael O'Neill in June 2020, had been under pressure after his side collected only five points from a possible 18 in League C, finding themselves battling relegation in a campaign in which they had targeted promotion.

Northern Ireland have won just four of 22 competitive fixtures under Baraclough since he replaced Michael O'Neill over two years ago.

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."