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Stephen Craigan

Appointing Ian Baraclough is a sensible and pragmatic decision by Irish FA ahead of Euro 2020 play-offs

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Stepping up: Ian Baraclough with Paul Smyth during his time as Northern Ireland Under-21 manager

Stepping up: Ian Baraclough with Paul Smyth during his time as Northern Ireland Under-21 manager

Ian Baraclough

Ian Baraclough

Stepping up: Ian Baraclough with Paul Smyth during his time as Northern Ireland Under-21 manager

The question I've been asked most over the past couple of days regarding Ian Baraclough being announced as the new Northern Ireland manager is, 'Is this a good appointment?'

There is no simple answer to that question because as with every managerial appointment, winning games is key and if Ian wins games then he will prove that it's been a good decision by the IFA board.

That's how football has always worked and will continue to work - results define if you're a success or not.