Northern Ireland have lost their coach

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Ian Baraclough was sacked as Northern Ireland manager just two years after taking over due to disappointing results. In 28 games they achieved six wins, six draws and 14 losses.

Executive Chairman Patrick Nelson acknowledges that “under Ian’s leadership new players have arrived who will wear the green jersey with pride for years to come and for that we must record our gratitude.”

“However, in light of the results on the pitch, the federation board has taken this decision. We wish Ian all the best for the future and thank him for his contribution to football in Northern Ireland,” Nelson said.

Conrad Kirkwood, president of the Federation, also wanted to express his gratitude to the coach “for his commitment” and also wished him “great success in the future”.

From U21 to full

The 51-year-old Leicester manager is under-21 coach and in June 2020 replaced Michael O’Neill in the senior team.

In the qualifying phase for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, he is third in group C, far behind Switzerland and Italy. Meanwhile, in the Nations League they finished in the same position in their League C group with just one win and no chance of reaching the first place that granted promotion to League B.

Source: La Verdad

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