Sunday 17 December 2017

Sligo ease fans' fears with signings

SLIGO ROVERS have tried to ease fans' fears ahead of the new league season by bringing in four new players.

Even though the league season starts tomorrow week Rovers don't yet have a manager in place since the departure of Paul Cook to England last week with Gerry Carr working as caretaker boss, but at least the Sligo squad has been boosted with new arrivals.

Haiti international Pascal Millien has arrived from the USA, Mayo lad David Cawley has signed from Ipswich Town, and local youngsters Liam Martin and Colm McLoughlin have signed pro contracts with Sligo.

The Showgrounds club enjoyed their best season in years last term as they won the FAI Cup and finished second in the league table, their highest finish in over three decades, but the off-season has been a very difficulty one for the club.

Manager Paul Cook quit last week to take over as boss of English side Accrington Stanley while earlier this week Ireland U21 star Aaron Greene also walked out on Sligo to join Shamrock Rovers.

But in-fighting on the club's management committee has also hurt the club. "The open forums and constant in-house fighting only go to damage and weaken the football club. I have watched since the end of last season - in my opinion - constant fighting at management committee level and this has taken the club where we are today," former boss Cook said.

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