Stanley hungry to sign up Cook
THE LEAGUE of Ireland is about to lose its longest-serving manager as Paul Cook may quit Sligo Rovers to take up the reins at English League Two side Accrington Stanley.
Liverpool native Cook has been in charge at the Showgrounds since May 2007, and in his five seasons with the club he has led them to FAI Cup and League Cup success as well as European qualification.
But Cook's stock is on the rise across the water and Accrington have been alerted to their former player.
The League Two side are looking for a new boss after John Coleman quit last week to take over at Rochdale, and while officially the club are willing to take their time, it's understood that Cook -- who turned down the chance to take over as St Johnstone boss in December -- is top of their list.
"We're not making any rash decisions at all, we're going to take our time," Accrington CEO Rob Heys said.
"We've had probably 60 or 70 applications, some of which have been very good and some are a little bit sillier, but that's all part of the fun."
A departure by Cook would be a big blow to Sligo as they are only back in pre-season, though an exit in the next week would give the club time to find a replacement before the new league season starts in a month's time.
Cook has been busy over the close season, adding players such as Danny North and Gary Rogers (St Pats), Mark Quigley and Ross Gaynor (Dundalk), Lee Lynch (Drogheda) and re-signing Richard Brush and Romauld Boco (free).