SLIGO ROVERS title-winning boss, Ian Baraclough, applied for the vacant manager's job at Dundalk but wasn't even offered an interview before he heard about the position at The Showgrounds. Baraclough's account of how he was recruited to come to Sligo is one of the many behind-the-scenes anecdotes featured in the dvd "The Sligo Champions "which goes on sale at the weekend.
The two and a half hour DVD is the inside story of Sligo Rovers leaguewinning season. It will be launched in the Sligo Rovers Shop at 12 noon on Saturday next, December 8th and as well as featuring interviews with players, management and fans the DVD has the goals and action footage from Rovers' entire league campaign.
Ian Baraclough tells how after he was sacked by Scunthorpe, for the first time in his adult life he was unemployed.
Enniskillen-based Gerry Cassidy, who has connected Sligo Rovers with dozens of players over several decades made contact with Baraclough and encouraged him to apply for the Sligo vacancy. In the "Sligo Champions" DVD, Rovers chairman, Dermot Kelly, reveals what persuaded him that Baraclough might be the ideal replacement for Paul Cook.
"Ian told the interview panel that as part of his work for his coaching qualifications he had travelled to Le Havre because the French club has the best record for bringing through young academy players to the first team. That level of thoroughness was a very big plus during the interview with Ian" according to Kelly.
Fans feature prominently in "The Sligo Champions" DVD. The interviewees who share their memories of the League campaign include sisters Eilish and Lorraine Downes, brothers Jackie and Padraig 'Lotch' Lynch, Dromahair-born brothers, Philip and Michael Rooney, former Sligo Rovers Chairman Seamus Cummins and Bobby Jones and stalwart management committee members, Michael Mooney and Paddy Houze.
Several players also give their personal insights about the season. Joseph Ndo, Seamus Connellly, Raff Cretaro, Mark Quigley, Gary Rogers and Ross Gaynor all tell stories about what for each one of them was a special time in their careers.
During the DVD story, Sligo Rovers committee member, accountant David Rowe, talks about the financial position of the club and he details how revenue from European competitions can help to provide stability over the next two seasons. Neil Connelly also reflects on the past year when Connolly Motors became the main sponsor at The Showgrounds.
Keith O' Dwyer, who carried out the research for the DVD, said: "Our aim is to have "The Sligo Champions" available in good time as the ideal Christmas present for Rovers supporters. After such a hectic season, many fans are suffering withdrawal symptoms and hopefully the DVD will hit the spot."
According to Tommie Gorman, who produced the DVD: "We were delighted that Mark Quigley agreed to be interviewed, even though he signed for Shamrock Rovers two weeks ago. He had some very interesting things to say. "
As with all Rovers' projects, it's a community effort and photographs from Carl Brennan, Michael Mc Gorrin and Michael Melly are a special feature. The music track we use is also by one of our own, Sharon Conway, a track called 'Sometimes' from her new CD, 'Looking for An Answer'."