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Ian Baraclough

Ian Baraclough


Ian Baraclough was appointed as successor to Michael O'Neill in June 2020. 

Baraclough, who signed an 18-month contract, spent the previous three years as Northern Ireland Under-21 manager, nurturing a long list of talented young players – many of whom graduated to the full international panel.

The 49-year-old had a 20-year playing career which saw him represent, among others, Queens Park Rangers, Notts County and Scunthorpe United. He moved into management in 2010, taking up the reins at Scunthorpe where he spent a season in League One.

In 2012 he was appointed manager of Sligo Rovers and quickly brought success to the west of Ireland club. He led Rovers to the league title in his first season at the helm, their first in 35 years. He also lifted the FAI Cup and the Setanta Cup in his two-year spell in charge.

He worked as a scout for Huddersfield having left Sligo in 2014 before moving to Scotland to manage Motherwell. He kept the Fir Park club in the Premiership after a play-off win over Rangers.