Cook in line for SPL post

Published 25/10/2011 | 05:00

SLIGO Rovers boss Paul Cook is in line to become the next manager of Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone, writes Daniel McDonnell.

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It's understood that advanced talks about compensation have taken place between the League of Ireland side and the SPL outfit.

The Liverpudlian has up to two years left on his contract at Sligo so a deal would have to be agreed before he could take the position.

However, sources suggest that negotiations have progressed well and the path should be clear for the 44-year-old to move after Sunday week's Ford FAI Cup final against Shelbourne at the Aviva Stadium.

Cook has made no secret of his desire to move back across the water at some stage, although it would be a huge blow to Sligo, who look set to come up just short in the league this year -- and have ambitions to challenge again in 2012.

The clash with Shels will be a third successive FAI Cup final appearance after tasting defeat to Sporting Fingal in 2009.

St Johnstone are searching for a manager after the departure of the highly regarded Derek McInnes to Bristol City.

Irish Independent

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