Ian Baraclough

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Ian Baraclough
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Baraclough playing for Scunthorpe United
Personal information
Full name Ian Robert Baraclough
Date of birth (1970-12-04) 4 December 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Motherwell (manager)
Youth career
Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Leicester City 0 (0)
1990 Wigan Athletic (loan) 9 (2)
1990 Grimsby Town (loan) 4 (0)
1991–1992 Grimsby Town 1 (0)
1992–1994 Lincoln City 73 (10)
1994–1995 Mansfield Town 47 (5)
1995–1998 Notts County 111 (10)
1998–2001 Queens Park Rangers 125 (12)
2001–2004 Notts County 101 (18)
2004–2008 Scunthorpe United 134 (18)
Total 605 (75)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Scunthorpe United
2012–2014 Sligo Rovers
2014– Motherwell
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:31, 25 May 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ian Robert Baraclough (born 4 December 1970) is an English former professional footballer and the current manager of Scottish Premiership club Motherwell.

As a player he was a defender from 1988 to 2008 for Leicester City, Grimsby Town, Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Notts County, Queens Park Rangers and Scunthorpe United. Having been a part of Scunthorpe's coaching staff after retiring from playing he went on to manage the club between 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he was appointed manager of Sligo Rovers and is regarded as the club's most successful manager having led the club to numerous trophies during a two year stay.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, Baraclough started his career with local team Leicester City, and has also played for Grimsby Town, Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Notts County and Queens Park Rangers (QPR).

Baraclough signed for QPR in March 1998 making his debut against Stoke City the same month. He played 125 league games for them, scoring one goal against Huddersfield Town.[1]

After his spell at Loftus Road, Baraclough joined Notts County and enjoyed a turbulent first season captaining the side on a few occasions.

He later signed for Scunthorpe United in 2004 on a free transfer, enjoying fantastic success with the Iron, winning promotion from Football League Two. He was part of the team who were then promoted from Football League One as champions to the Football League Championship in 2007 and then once more via the playoffs in 2009 as part of the backroom staff at Glanford Park where he had great success as coach/assistant to Nigel Adkins. Baraclough made 124 League starts and nine as a substitute, scoring seven goals for Scunthorpe.

Coaching career[edit]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

When Nigel Adkins was appointed Scunthorpe manager in November 2006, Baraclough was made head first-team coach. From the 2008/2009 season, he ceased playing to concentrate on coaching duties.

Baraclough was appointed caretaker manager of the club on 12 September 2010, following Adkins' departure to League One Southampton.[2] His first match was a 4–0 away win at Sheffield United. On 24 September 2010 Scunthorpe United named him as their new manager. [3] He was surprisingly dismissed on 16 March 2011 after a 3–0 loss to Preston North End, who occupied 24th place in the Championship, with his team in the relegation zone at the time of his dismissal.[4]

Sligo Rovers[edit]

On 27 February 2012, Baraclough was announced as the new manager of League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers.[5] He fought off competition from former Aston Villa boss Brian Little, former Sligo legend Willie McStay, and Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane.

On 13 October 2012, Baraclough led Sligo Rovers to their first League of Ireland title in 35 years. The 3–2 victory against St Patrick's Athletic secured the league title with two games to play and was played in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,600 at The Showgrounds. As a result of this title, Sligo Rovers qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League, and Baraclough was the sole English coach involved in that season's competition.[6]

Baraclough then led Sligo Rovers to their fifth (and his first) FAI Cup triumph in an exciting 3-2 win over Drogheda United in the 2013 FAI Cup Final at the Aviva Stadium on 3 November.

Baraclough and Sligo Rovers continued their winning habit by lifting the first major piece of silverware available during the 2014 season by defeating high flying Dundalk in the All-Ireland Setanta Sports Cup at a rain soaked Tallaght Stadium. The 1-0 victory gave Sligo Rovers their first ever cross border title since they were formed in 1928.[7]

On 19 June 2014, Baraclough parted company with Sligo Rovers with the club in fifth place, 17 points behind leaders Dundalk.[8][9][10]

After leaving Sligo, Baraclough worked as a scout for Huddersfield Town.

Motherwell[edit]

On 13 December 2014, Baraclough was appointed manager of Motherwell of the Scottish Premiership, replacing Stuart McCall.[11]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Grimsby Town

Champions (1)

1991-1992

Runner-up (1)

1990-1991
Notts County

Champions(1)

1997-1998
Scunthorpe United

Champions (1)

2006-2007

Play-off Winners (1)

2008-2009

Runner-up (1)

2004-2005

Managerial[edit]

Sligo Rovers

Champions (1)

2012

Champions (1)

2013

Champions (1)

2014

Statistics[edit]

Manager[edit]

As of 20 December 2014[12]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Scunthorpe United  England 12 September 2010 16 March 2011 34 8 4 22 23.53
Sligo Rovers  Ireland 27 February 2012 19 June 2014 86 44 25 17 51.16
Motherwell  Scotland 13 December 2014 Present 1 1 0 0 100.000
Total 121 53 29 39 43.80

References[edit]

  1. ^ "QPR 1 Huddersfield 1". Sporting Life. 3 April 1999. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Baraclough named caretaker boss". Scunthorpe United FC. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Ian Baraclough named Scunthorpe United manager, BBC News, 24 September 2010, news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  4. ^ Scunthorpe United sack manager Ian Baraclough, BBC News, 16 March 2011, news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Baraclough confirmed as new Sligo boss". RTÉ News. 27 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Oliver Farry (12 July 2013). "League of Ireland can concentrate on football". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 12 July 2013. Molde, like Sligo, have recently enjoyed success after winning little for most of their history but, after being champions in Solksjaer's first two seasons, they are now struggling in mid-table in the Tippeliga. Rovers manager Ian Baraclough, who is the sole English coach involved in this year's Champion League, might feel he can put one over the man alongside whom he once studied for his A-Licence. 
  7. ^ "O'Conor the hero as Sligo lift Setanta Sports Cup". sseairtricityleague.ie. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sligo Rovers part company with Ian Baraclough". RTE Sport. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ian Baraclough - a Sligo giant brought low by pygmies". Irish Independent. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Another one bites the dust: Ian Baraclough gone as Sligo manager". The Score. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.motherwellfc.co.uk/2014/12/13/ian-baraclough-appointed-well-boss/
  12. ^ "Ian Barrclough's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 

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