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Cork manager Dunne eager to get started Sligo welcome back Almeida as final signing

CORK CITY's new owners have turned to Tommy Dunne as the man to take charge of the side for the new season.

Fans group FORAS have already started their work in preparing the club for the new campaign, which starts in eight days time, and they have asked Dubliner Dunne to manage the team.

The 37-year-old had previously worked as Cork's assistant manager under Paul Doolin but he's now the man in charge at Turners Cross.

"It's a job I would always have liked and I'm delighted to take it on. Last year was an enjoyable year for me even though there were problems with the club," said Dunne.

"I've enjoyed being in Cork, the people, and playing at Turners Cross and the atmosphere there. It's an exciting job and I'm looking forward to getting started."

Capped five times at U21 level, Dunne played for Home Farm, Dundalk, Shelbourne, Derry City and Shamrock Rovers. His first job in management was in charge of Finnish side Seinäjoki in 2005.



Sligo welcome back Almeida as final signing

SLIGO Rovers have re-signed Portuguese defender Mauro Almeida. The former Porto man joined Sligo from Swindon Town in 2008 and left midway through last season due to injury problems, but boss Paul Cook has brought him back to the Showgrounds as his final pre-season signing.

But Sligo have lost Benin international Romauld Boco as he has signed for English side Burton Albion.

Sligo's first competitive game of the season is on Saturday at home to Cliftonville in the Setanta Sports Cup but there was a boost for Sligo with confirmation that Cork City have been kicked out of the cup.

Sligo drew 2-2 with Cork last September but due to Cork's expulsion, that result has been changed to a 3-0 win for Sligo, so Rovers have already qualified for the semi-finals.

Finn Harps legend Jonathan Minnock has returned for a third spell at the club.

Defender Minnock, holder of the club's appearances record, spent last season with junior outfit Kildrum Tigers but manager James Gallagher has persuaded him to return.

-- AIDAN FITZMAURICE


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