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Heary aims to lift Sligo's fortunes

OWEN Heary has promised to bring success back to the Showgrounds after he was unveiled as the new manager of Sligo Rovers.

Premier Division champions as recently as 2012, Sligo have struggled this term and Heary (pictured below), who takes over on a two-year deal with immediate effect, is their fourth manager (including caretaker Gavin Dykes) in 2014 and is the first coach from within the League of Ireland to get the Sligo post since Don O'Riordan a decade ago.

With seven Premier Division titles on his CV, Heary is one of the most successful players in league history and learning his managerial trade after an 18-month spell as Bohs boss, he hopes to bring that success into his coaching career with Sligo.

"My ambition for the club is to win trophies, qualify for European competition and challenge for league titles," said the Dubliner after his appointment was confirmed by Sligo.

"As a person my ambition is to be challenging for the league year in, year out and Sligo Rovers gives me the opportunity to do that. They won the league a couple of years ago but I want to be doing that on a regular basis.

"I will be looking to hit the ground running. I want to see the club improve on this year's finish and get back up near the top of the table because that is where I want to be."

Bohs will now aim to find a successor to Heary, Roddy Collins already linked with a return to Dalymount with Mick Cooke and Keith Long also in the frame.

Meanwhile, UCD boss Aaron Callaghan feels that his side have a good chance of preserving their Premier Division status for next season when they face up to Galway FC tonight.

A win for UCD against Drogheda United on Friday night means that Athlone Town were automatically relegated while UCD head into a two-legged playoff against Galway, who earned a crack at a Premier side having beaten Shelbourne 4-1 on aggregate in the first bout of the playoffs.

Tommy Dunne's Galway have already beaten UCD this season, in the FAI Cup, and Callaghan is keen to se better from his side in the first leg of that playoff at the UCD Bowl tonight. "When we played Galway earlier in the season they completely out played us and deserved their victory. The lads will have to be a lot better this time around if we are to have a chance in the tie. However if we play like we have done in the last two games then we will have every chance," says Callaghan.