Ian Baraclough: Northern Eire supervisor to have contract prolonged

Baraclough signed an 18-month contract when appointed to the function in June 2020

Ian Baraclough will proceed as Northern Eire supervisor past the present 2022 World Cup qualifying marketing campaign after the IFA agreed to increase his contract.

Negotiations relating to the size of the extension are ongoing.

Baraclough took the function on an 18-month contract again in June 2020 following the departure of Michael O’Neill.

That deal was set to run out upon the conclusion of the present qualifying marketing campaign.

The 50-year-old has lengthy made clear his need to remain past the preliminary deal, repeatedly stating his intention to increase the present participant pool and bringing by a brand new era of younger gamers with an eye fixed on Euro 2024.

He stepped into the function having beforehand managed the under-21s when O’Neill was on the helm of the senior aspect.

Early in Baraclough’s tenure Northern Eire reached the Euro 2020 play-off last however misplaced to Slovakia, whereas their hopes of reaching subsequent yr’s World Cup in Qatar had been ended with three video games remaining following a defeat by Switzerland earlier this month.

Regardless of simply 4 wins in 18 video games, Baraclough’s dedication to deliver by youth has supplied some trigger for optimism with the emergence of the likes of Daniel Ballard, Ali McCann, Ciaron Brown and Conor Bradley, all of whom have made an impression within the first workforce, whereas harm noticed quite a few senior gamers together with centre-back Jonny Evans miss out on current fixtures.

Northern Eire will spherical off their present qualifying marketing campaign with back-to-back house video games subsequent month in opposition to Lithuania and European champions Italy, earlier than attentions flip to Euro 2024 qualifying.

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