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Ian Baraclough has been appointed Northern Ireland boss, the Irish Football Association has confirmed.

He’ll succeed Michael O’Neill.

Michael O’Neill joined Championship club Stoke City in November last year after 8 years in charge of North Ireland.

O’Neill initially combined the national team job before stepping down in April.

O’Neill initially wanted to lead the team to Euro 2020 play-offs but decided against carrying on when the play-offs were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Baraclough, 49, has been in charge of North Ireland under-21 team for the last 3 years.

The former Scunthorpe and Motherwell manager’s first game in charge will be against Romania in the UEFA Nations League on September 4.

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