Sunday 17 December 2017

McStay may return as Sligo boss

FORMER SLIGO Rovers boss Willie McStay is being linked with a return to the club if, as expected, Paul Cook quits the Showgrounds to take over as manager of League Two side Accrington Stanley.

Cook, a former Accrington player and coach, is the first choice of the club's board to take charge and it's thought that Liverpool native Cook will hold talks with Accrington later today, though Sligo have made it clear that they do not want Cook to leave the club.

Former Dundalk and Galway United manager Ian Foster had only recently been appointed as Cook's assistant at Sligo and Foster was in charge of the side in Cook's absence for Saturday's pre-season friendly against SD Galway. But it's thought that Foster is not in the running to succeed Cook at Sligo if he does leave and Foster will instead join Cook on the coaching staff at Accrington. Sligo have a tradition of appointing managers from outside Ireland - of the 11 men who have managed the club since Dermot Keely left in 1992, only one (Don O'Riordan) was from the Republic of Ireland as imports like McStay, Lawrie Sanchez and Steve Cotterill all had spells in charge.

McStay achieved hero status in Sligo by leading the side to a treble in 1994 before leaving to take a coaching post with Celtic. Apart from Celtic, McStay has managed Ross County and Hungarian side Ujpest, while he's currently working as assistant to Jim Gannon at Stockport County.

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