Ian Baraclough: Northern Ireland manager signs two-year contract extension | Football News

Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough has signed a two-year contract extension.

Baraclough, who initially signed an 18-month contract in June 2020 following the resignation of Michael O’Neill, will direct the Nations League 2022/23 campaign and Euro 2024 qualifiers. His contract will be renewed again if Ireland del Nord will qualify for the tournament.

The decision to keep Baraclough in the role comes despite the country’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

His development of young players, including Liverpool’s Conor Bradley, has been a factor in convincing the Irish association that progress is being made.

Baraclough said: “I am really happy to have signed this contract. We have a great mix of youth and experience and, together with my team behind the scenes, I feel we can continue to grow and develop as a group.

“I want to thank the Irish federation for supporting me and Northern Ireland fans for doing the same. Those behind closed doors games during the height of the Covid pandemic, both home and away, were more difficult without them. .

“Having them back in numbers puts a spring in everyone’s pace and I want to acknowledge their support and I hope other good times are on the horizon.”

Irish federation president Conrad Kirkwood welcomed the development, adding: “I am thrilled with what Ian is building and look forward to the next series of matches under his leadership.”

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