Scunthorpe United have confirmed Ian Baraclough as their new manager after Baraclough impressed in his role as caretaker manager.
Baraclough has been in charge for three games since his predecessor Nigel Adkins left to manage Southampton, and has overseen a 4-0 victory at Sheffield United followed by defeats to Swansea, (0-2), and Manchester United in the Carling Cup, (2-5).
The Scunthorpe board has decided that Baraclough is the man to lead the team and the Irons chairman Steve Wharton told the club’s website, “he is an exceptionally nice person who I had pencilled in as a prospective manager some two years ago.
“I and my board will do our utmost to give Ian all the support he needs to continue and build upon our recent successes.”
The 39-year-old joined Scunthorpe as a player in 2004 and was part of a side that rose from League Two up to the Premiership.
With his playing days behind him, Baraclough will be hoping to continue that rise and turn Scunthrope into a Championship winning side, starting with the match against Ipswich on Saturday.
Scunthorpe have only beaten Ipswich once in 12 meetings between the two sides, with Ipswich winning twice at Glanford Park and the points being shared on three occasions.
Ipswich are battling it out for promotion at the top of the Championship whilst Scunthorpe lie in 15th position and Ipswich are favourites for the tie at 6/4, with Scunthorpe available at 9/5 to win.
The six games played at Glanford Park have produced 18 goals and it’s 10/11 that there will be two or three goals in the Scunthorpe vs Ipswich betting odds market.
The draw is available at 23/10. See the full Scunthorpe vs Ipswich match betting odds market here.