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Ian Baraclough: His successes with Sligo were underestimated

Ian Baraclough: His successes with Sligo were underestimated

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Ian Baraclough: His successes with Sligo were underestimated

When Sligo Rovers beat Dundalk 3-1 at Oriel Park on March 19, 2013 in front of 2,054 fans, no-one would have dreamed that this might be a dress rehearsal for a managerial showdown in a major international match.

Yet should the Republic of Ireland overcome Slovakia and Northern Ireland beat Bosnia, they will meet at Windsor Park on November 12 in what would be one of the biggest games in the history of both countries.

The men in charge would be those who managed Rovers and Dundalk that night, Stephen Kenny's appointment as boss of the Republic having been followed last week by Ian Baraclough's assumption of the job in the North.