John Schofield has been appointed as the new Northern Ireland Under-21s manager.

Schofield had been a part-time coach with the Under-21s for the past year and makes a permanent move from English Championship new boys Peterborough, where he was working with their under-23 side.

The 56-year-old replaces Andy Crosby, who left the role last month to take up a permanent position with League Two outfit Port Vale.

Crosby had been the interim Under-21s boss since Ian Baraclough stepped up to take charge of the senior men's team.

"I'm excited for the challenge ahead," Schofield told the Irish FA's official website.

"The opportunity to become manager of a national team doesn't come round very often so I am delighted to have been chosen by the Irish FA to lead this talented group of young men."

Baraclough said: "John brings with him a wealth of experience. He's familiar with the players and the staff, which I know will prove invaluable."