NORTHERN Ireland Under-21 men’s team manager Ian Baraclough has signed a new two-year contract with the Irish Football Association.
The former Sligo Rovers and Motherwell boss has been heavily linked with the vacant Derry City managerial position following the departure of Kenny Shiels.
The deal comes just weeks after Baraclough’s side finished second to Spain in Qualifying Group 2 for the 2019 U21 Euros.
The 47-year old said he was “really pleased” to have signed the new deal with the Irish FA.
He revealed: “I have loved it. When I took over I knew it would be a challenge and I thought it would possibly be a slow burner. However, the players, staff and everybody involved have come together and it has just ignited.”
In an exclusive interview on Monday, former Derry City defender Darren Kelly threw his hat into the ring for the vacant job at the Brandywell.
Declan Devine, Jim McGuinness and Jim Magilton have also been linked with the role.