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Belief is key for Northern Ireland to beat Bosnia and vindicate Ian Baraclough's appointment

Gareth McAuley


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Ian Baraclough

Ian Baraclough

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Ian Baraclough

Tonight's game against Bosnia and Herzegovina is the reason why Ian Baraclough was appointed Northern Ireland manager and given the nod ahead of Stephen Robinson and Tommy Wright.

The Irish FA hierarchy feel Baraclough at the helm - having worked closely with Michael O'Neill for the last couple of years and been given the responsibility of leading the preparations for this match, which of course was supposed to take place in March before Covid-19 intervened - gives Northern Ireland the best chance of victory tonight.

He's had two dress rehearsals in the Nations League last month, but this evening's match in Sarajevo is all that matters.