SLIGO ROVERS boss Ian Baraclough has ended speculation about his future – and also given the FAI Cup holders a boost ahead of next season – by signing a new deal, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.
Baraclough, who has won two major trophies in his two seasons at the Showgrounds, was out of contract at the end of the 2013 season and there were fears that Sligo could lose their manager, especially after he was linked with the Notts County post.
But Baraclough has now committed to a new contract with the club.
"It is fantastic to sign a new deal. From the outset I stated my intention was to stay with the club and build on what we have already achieved so far," he said.
"There is a burning desire to win more trophies, more titles, make that breakthrough in Europe and improve the structures of the club.
"We already have some great memories but I want to build a legacy here. The preparations for next season started several weeks ago and we're making good progress. Winning the FAI Cup capped last season in style but we will strive to bring more honours to the club."
Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers have also made moves ahead of the 2014 campaign as keeper Barry Murphy has signed a new contract.
Rovers are building a new squad for next season as the Hoops released nine players earlier this week.