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Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd  November 2009.
Belfast Telegraph staff Images Graham Luney

The honeymoon is over for Ian Baraclough and Stephen Kenny and brave calls will be needed to boost 2022 World Cup hopes

Graham Luney


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Stephen Kenny, then in charge of Dundalk, and ex-Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough went head to head in the 2014 Setanta Cup final, which Baraclough's side won 1-0. Now the duo have international concerns to fix.
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Stephen Kenny, then in charge of Dundalk, and ex-Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough went head to head in the 2014 Setanta Cup final, which Baraclough's side won 1-0. Now the duo have international concerns to fix. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Stephen Kenny, then in charge of Dundalk, and ex-Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough went head to head in the 2014 Setanta Cup final, which Baraclough's side won 1-0. Now the duo have international concerns to fix. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Ian Baraclough and Stephen Kenny will spend the next few months reflecting on what should have been while studying a school report which reads 'must do better'.

The similarities are striking. Two former League of Ireland and Under-21 managers aiming to silence the doubters and prove they can thrive at senior international level.

Two friends now searching for the same Euro 2020 play-off hangover cure and a way to win football matches.


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