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Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis has backed new boss Ian Baraclough (inset) to be a success.

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis has backed new boss Ian Baraclough (inset) to be a success.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th June 2020

New Northern Ireland football manager Ian Baraclough pictured at the National Stadium in Belfast.

Photo by  Kelvin Boyes  / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th June 2020 New Northern Ireland football manager Ian Baraclough pictured at the National Stadium in Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th June 2020

New Northern Ireland football manager Ian Baraclough pictured at the National Stadium in Belfast.

Photo by  Kelvin Boyes  / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th June 2020 New Northern Ireland football manager Ian Baraclough pictured at the National Stadium in Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th June 2020

New Northern Ireland football manager Ian Baraclough pictured at the National Stadium in Belfast.

Photo by  Kelvin Boyes  / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th June 2020 New Northern Ireland football manager Ian Baraclough pictured at the National Stadium in Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

New Northern Ireland football manager Ian Baraclough pictured at the National Stadium in Belfast (Kelvin Boyes/PressEye)

New Northern Ireland football manager Ian Baraclough pictured at the National Stadium in Belfast (Kelvin Boyes/PressEye)

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Fond memories: Steven Davis with former boss Michael O'Neill

Fond memories: Steven Davis with former boss Michael O'Neill

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Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis has backed new boss Ian Baraclough (inset) to be a success.

Steven Davis has played for three Northern Ireland managers. Come September, when international football returns, Ian Baraclough will become No.4.

Lawrie Sanchez, Nigel Worthington and Michael O'Neill had varying degrees of success. The Baraclough era is here and, like his predecessors, the Leicester native will look to the dynamic Davis to produce inspirational performances that began in a green shirt 15 years ago and have continued ever since.

Speak to the Rangers midfielder and it's clear he has respect for Baraclough, promoted following an impressive stint in charge of the Under-21s. Davis will do all that he can to help the new boss become a hit in the big gig, knowing that the glory of a Euro 2020 finals spot is just two games away for both of them.