Thursday 17 January 2019

Coleman quits at Sligo Rovers

SLIGO ROVERS are looking for a new manager for the second time in four months after John Coleman today left the club to take up a post with League Two side Accrington Stanley.

Coleman only took over at the Showgrounds in June, succeeding Ian Baraclough, and he was in charge for their Europa League win away to Rosenborg, one of the best European results in the club's history.

But his former club Accrington have offered Coleman the manager's job there and he says the opportunity was too good to turn down, with his assistant Jimmy Bell also making the same move, so coach Gavin Dykes will take temporary charge of the side as Rovers seek a long-term appointment.

"I am disappointed to leave Sligo Rovers because it's a smashing club. Sligo is a lovely part of the world with great people," says Coleman this morning.

"Opportunities to manage in the Football League do not come along too often. I know that as I've been out of work before. So when the chance comes you have to grab it. It's not a decision that myself and Jimmy have made lightly.

"Returning home to my former club was just too hard to turn down as well. I have a lot of history with Accrington Stanley and had a lot of good times and friendships there.

"Managing Sligo Rovers was a brilliant experience. In particular, the European games, I will look back on these days and cherish them. It's not too often you get the chance to compete in Europe and it was a great honour."

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