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Saturday 16 December 2017

Compo row threatens Cook's Stanley move

LEAGUE TWO side Accrington Stanley today upped their bid to bring in Sligo Rovers boss Paul Cook as their new manager.

But Cook fears that Sligo's demand for compensation could deprive him of the chance to take over at the club, and that could spark a row between Liverpool native Cook and the Sligo board.

Cook was not on the sideline when Sligo played SD Galway in a pre-season friendly on Saturday - Sligo won 1-0 with a Mark Quigley goal - but it's thought that his absence was not related to the Accrington issue as Cook had asked the club to spend the weekend in England with his family.

Cook, a former Accrington player and coach, is highly regarded at the club after a successful five-year spell with Sligo which has seen him win three Cups and also earn European qualification for Rovers.

Accrington are very keen on Cook and Cook is eager to move back to England to be close to his family.

"Sligo Rovers can confirm that Paul Cook has asked for permission to speak to Accrington Stanley," Sligo said in an official statement.

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