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Sligo agree to terms for Cook move

PAUL COOK will become the League of Ireland's latest export to the UK and take up a post as manager of SPL side St Johnstone once he can agree personal terms with the Perth outfit.

The Liverpool-born coach (pictured) is the longest-serving manager in the League of Ireland, having taken charge of Sligo in 2007, and his feats with the Showgrounds club -- FAI and League Cup wins, three successive appearances in the FAI Cup final and a second-place finish in the Premier Division this season -- have made the former Tranmere Rovers player a target for British clubs.

"Sligo Rovers can confirm that manager Paul Cook has asked for permission to speak to St Johnstone. The two clubs have spoken and agreed terms of compensation. Negotiations are currently ongoing between Paul Cook and St Johnstone," read a Sligo Rovers club statement.

Saints chairman Geoff Browne added: "There is no need to rush -- it's not as if the wheels have come off. We will do what is best for St Johnstone."