Former international Damien Johnson has joined new Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough's coaching staff.

Having spent three years as manager of the Northern Ireland Under-21 team, the 49-year-old Baraclough last weekend signed an 18-month deal to succeed Michael O'Neill at the helm.

Assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl, coach Austin MacPhee and goalkeeping coach Steve Harper were retained as part of Baraclough's backroom team, with 56-cap Johnson taking up the role of coaching assistant.

The 41-year-old is currently first-team technical coach and head of player development at Blackburn, who he played for in a career that also involved spells at Birmingham, Plymouth and Huddersfield amongst others.

Baraclough said: "Damien is a young, dynamic coach doing great things and a familiar face to many in the squad. As far as the international stage goes, he knows what it's all about.

"I'm thankful to Tony Mowbray for allowing Damien to join us for what will be a crucial period of football for the men's senior team."