Who is Baraclough ?
Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough has signed a two year contract extension, the Irish Football Association announced.
Baraclough initially signed an 18-month contact when he took office in June 20 after Michael O’Neill resigned.
The new deal will see Baraclough in charge of the Nations League campaign 2022-23, as well as qualifiers for Euro 2024, with an extension included in the event that Northern Ireland reaches the final in Germany.
Baraclough, 51, said on www.irishfa.com: “I am very happy to have signed this contract . We have a great combination of youth and experience and, together with my back-room team, I feel that we can continue to grow and develop as we go. than A group.
“I want to thank the Irish Federation for supporting me and Northern Ireland fans for doing the same. Those closed-door games during the height of the Covid pandemic, both at home and away , were more difficult without them.
“Having them back in numbers puts a spring in everyone’s step and I want to thank their support and I hope there are more good times on the horizon.”
Irish FA CEO Patrick Nelson added: “The Irish FA Board was very supportive and I am delighted that we have again secured Ian’s services.
How does the giveaway work?
According to UEFA:
UEFA’s 55 member associations participate in the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League and are divided into the four leagues according to the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League Access List (Annex C of the UNL Competition Regulations). The access list has been compiled based on teams’ results in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League, including promotion and relegation leagues and pending the result of the 2020/21 UNL finals and play -out of descent.
Leagues A, B and C will have 16 teams, each of which will be divided into four groups of four for the league phase. The remaining seven teams, from League D, will be divided into two groups, one of four and the other of three.
- Ian Baraclough replaced Michael O’Neill as Northern Ireland manager last year
- He was unable to lead the side to a place in next year’s World Cup in Qatar
- The Irish Football Association have opted to hand him a new two-year contract
- Baraclough’s contract includes an extension if he guides the team to Euro 2024