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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mick cooks up Bray storm

NEW Bray Wanderers boss Mick Cooke hopes he can overcome the club's off-field problems when he takes charge for the first time today.

Cooke was appointed as Bray boss - including caretakers, the fifth man to take charge of Wanderers this season - in midweek and his first test is at home to Derry City today (5.45pm).

But Cooke takes over a club in turmoil. Unhappy shareholders have called an EGM of the club for this afternoon, while the Supporters Club have called on fans to attend a pre-match protest to show their anger at the manner in which the club is being run.

Fellow strugglers Sligo Rovers also have a new managerial team - of sorts - for their game at home to an in-form Longford Town (7.45pm).

Earlier this week, the Rovers board confirmed that caretakers Joseph Ndo and Gavin Dykes were "appointed to take charge of first team coaching and management", though they had been filling those roles since Owen Heary's sacking last month.

"Every game is important for us. People are trying to define our season by the three games against Bray, Galway and Longford but after those we have 14 more games so it is not logical. We could win those three games but then lose the rest," says Ndo.

In tonight's other game, bottom side Limerick are desperate to avoid what would be an eight successive league defeat in their home game with Galway United (6.30pm), but the Blues have squad worries with defenders Robbie Williams amd Sean Hardings suspended.

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