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Editor's Viewpoint

Hopes and dreams of many fans in new manager's hands

Editor's Viewpoint

Ian Baraclough, the 13th and latest manager to take charge of the Northern Ireland soccer team, undoubtedly faces a baptism of fire. After Michael O'Neill's outstanding record it is hoped that the 13th managerial appointment will prove lucky rather than the opposite. The Northern Ireland Under-21 boss finds himself only two UEFA Nations League games away from a Euro 2020 play-off in Bosnia and Herzegovina before a potential showdown with the Irish Republic or Slovakia in Belfast to decide who goes to the finals next summer.

No pressure, then? This is not a time for faint hearts, and our wee team could still get to the finals.

Belfast Telegraph