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Ian Baraclough may not be the conventional choice, but he looks to be the right one for Northern Ireland

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New Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough

New Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough

New Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough

New Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough

New Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough

When it comes to appointing international managers during the last 20 years, the Irish FA certainly don't allow reputation and achievement to cloud their judgement.

Invariably, surprise choices have been a success.

In 2004, fans' favourite and Northern Ireland legend Jimmy Nicholl was selected by the Irish FA Board to succeed Sammy McIlroy but, when agreement couldn't be reached on his wages - he simply asked for the same pay he was getting at Dunfermline - Lawrie Sanchez stepped in at a greatly reduced rate and, of course, led Northern Ireland to great wins over England, Spain and Sweden.