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Assistant coach Austin MacPhee hoping to make Baraclough's Northern Ireland transition nice and easy

 

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Austin MacPhee

Austin MacPhee

Austin MacPhee

Northern Ireland coach Austin MacPhee is convinced new manager Ian Baraclough can continue the success Michael O'Neill brought to the country.

MacPhee was a key figure in O'Neill's backroom team, coming aboard in 2014 and staying until the ex-Shamrock Rovers boss left the hotseat on a permanent basis for Stoke City earlier this year.

That dramatic period saw Northern Ireland qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, just miss out on a place at the 2018 World Cup and reach the Euro 2020 play-offs.