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'His sessions were unbelievable': Michael O'Connor explains why Ian Baraclough can succeed with Northern Ireland

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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

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

Former Northern Ireland midfielder Michael O'Connor has given a unique insight into the workings of new international manager Ian Baraclough.

O'Connor has seen at first hand the impressive work that Michael O'Neill's successor does on the training ground having played under him when Baraclough took his first steps in management at Scunthorpe.

His spell in charge lasted only six months, but O'Connor, who enjoyed a close working relationship with Baraclough, believes that even an experienced manager would have found it difficult in the circumstances the club were in at the time.