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McArdle recalled to Northern Ireland squad

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has recalled Bradford City defender Rory McArdle to his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Israel.

Northern Ireland squad to face Azerbaijan and Israel: Carroll (Olympiacos), Mannus (St Johnstone), McGovern (Falkirk), McAuley (West Brom), J Evans (Man Utd), Bruce (Hull), Hodson (MK Dons), D Lafferty (Burnley) Cathcart (Blackpool), McArdle (Bradford), Baird (Reading), Davis (Southampton),

Norwood (Huddersfield). (Aberdeen), Ferguson (Birmingham, on loan from Newcastle), C Evans (Blackburn), Brunt (West Brom), Clingan (Kilmarnock), Grigg (Brentford), McKay (Inverness), Paterson (Huddersfield), Ward (Derby), Magennis (Aberdeen).


Phil Parkinson signs deal with Bantams

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson and his staff have signed new three-year deals with Bradford City.

The former Charlton boss, who led his side to an npower League Two play-off victory on Saturday, joins assistant manager Steve Parkin and fitness coach Nick Allamby in signing the deal.

Parkinson joined the club in 2011 and the Bantams finished 18th in his first season. There had been speculation the 45-year-old would move away from Valley Parade.

"I had verbally agreed my contract with Julian (Rhodes, joint-chairman) a long time ago really, but didn't want anything to detract from our main focus throughout the play-offs, which was obviously to get promoted.

"Now that aim has been achieved, I was able to sit down with the two chairmen this morning and get the contract all finalised.

"We've had a terrific season, but we know we have an important summer ahead of us now. We can't sit back on what we have achieved - we have to keep working and striving forward.

"We have to keep improving the club in all departments.

"Our aim now is to get a team on the pitch next year that our supporters will enjoy watching."

– Phil Parkinson, speaking to


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