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Sligo size up Roddy Collins as new boss

SLIGO ROVERS will decided in the next 24 hours whether to make an approach for Monaghan United boss Roddy Collins following Paul Cook's exit yesterday.

Cook's successful five-year reign as Sligo manager came to an end after a controversial close-season which saw his move to English League Two side Accrington Stanley revived after Rovers announced on Saturday that the move was off.

Coach Gerry Carr took charge of the Sligo side for last night's friendly against Limerick FC in Galway but it's thought that Carr is not in contention to take charge full time, while Ian Foster is also said to be out of the running.

Former Sligo boss Willie McStay has been heavily linked with the job while Damien Richardson and Pete Mahon have been mentioned.

Former Sligo player Felix Healy, currently working with Peter Hutton at Finn Harps, could also be a contender.

Ex-Ireland international Terry Phelan, who has strong family ties with Sligo and is currently coaching in India, could also emerge as a candidate but local speculation had centred on Collins.


Dubliner Collins led Monaghan to promotion at the end of last season and has been assembling a side for the challenge of a Premier Division campaign, but the offer of European football could lure him to the Showgrounds.

Cook said: "It's with great sadness that I leave Sligo. But all my thoughts now are on trying to maintain the success that Accrington Stanley have enjoyed since I was here as a player."

Rovers chairman Michael Toolan said: "Paul Cook has the distinction of being the most successful manager in the history of Sligo Rovers.

"His achievements will live long in the memory of everybody associated with Rovers and we want to thank him for his outstanding and historic contribution to us.

"Paul is greatly admired for his management skills but also the attractive style of football his team produced, his engagement with supporters and the hunger to see Sligo Rovers win honours.

"It produced three trophies, regular European football and some of the best league seasons we have ever had."