Ian Baraclough is being tipped to become the new manager of Northern Ireland, as per a report by the Daily Star. 

They are in the hunt for a new boss to replace Michael O’Neill, who resigned from the post yesterday to focus solely on his Stoke City duties.

Baraclough, who is 49 years old, is currently the manager of Northern Ireland Under-21’s and is a leading contender for the senior role now.

He spent his playing career as a defender with the likes of Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Notts County and QPR before going onto become a coach.

Barraclough started his managerial career at Scunthorpe United in 2010 and has since managed Sligo Rovers and Motherwell, as well as a stint as assistant manager at Oldham Athletic.

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O’Neill left Northern Ireland yesterday and said, as per the Daily Star: “It was important to leave the association and team in the strongest possible shape in order to not only have the best chance of qualifying for Euro 2021, but allow the new manager time to build upon the success that we have had during my eight-year tenure.”

“Throughout my time here, I have been fortunate to have worked with many great coaching, medical and support staff who have all contributed to our successes and shared in some great moments.”

He added: “As for my players, past and present, I would like to thank them all for an overwhelming level of commitment and professionalism that has helped to deliver so many unforgettable highs and great experiences for us all.”

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Baraclough has done a steady job for the Under-21’s since 2017 and could now be rewarded with the top job.