OWEN Heary will end his time at Bohemians on Friday and head west to take over as the new boss of Sligo Rovers, The Herald can confirm.
The 38-year-old, who has been at Dalymount Park as player, assistant manager and manager since 2007, had attracted the interest of Sligo as they have been without a manager since John Coleman's departure to Accrington Stanley last month.
Heary met the Bohs board last night to discuss his own future and the club's budget for next season. But when the Gypsies directors admitted that they were not in a position to increase the playing budget for the 2015 season, Heary felt he was left with no choice but to leave and take up the offer at Sligo.
And Bohs will now face a battle to retain their star players from this season as Eoin Wearen, Steven Beattie, Dinny Corcoran and others are already being tracked by other clubs, with League One side Sheffield United offering a trial next week to ex-West Ham man Wearen.
Both clubs have a game next Friday on the last weekend of the league season, Bohs at home to Derry City and Sligo at home to St Patrick's Athletic and a formal announcement will be made once those games are over.
Heary will be unveiled early next week as the new Sligo boss, the former Shelbourne man reportedly offered a two-year contract.
The move is a departure for both parties: apart from a very brief spell with Kilkenny City as a teenager, Cabra native Heary has spent his entire career with Dublin clubs, mainly with Shelbourne (1998-2006) and Bohs (2007-present).
Hiring a manager from within the league is also a new path for Sligo who have traditionally recruited managers from outside the League of Ireland and Heary will become the first coach from the Republic of Ireland to manage the side since Don O'Riordan in 2004 and Rovers' last four managers have all bene English.
Sligo won the Premier Division title in 2012 but struggled this season, their first-round exit in the FAI Cup a major blow and Heary is expected to make big changes at the Showgrounds with a number of players out of contract.