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Friday 19 April 2019

Don's record during Sligo career

Sligo Rovers won just forty-five of the 122 games they played under the management of Don O'Riordan.

The Dublin-born manager left the club by mutual consent last week after just over three seasons in charge at the Showgrounds.

Appointed to succeed Tommy Cassidy in July 2001, O'Riordan was given a three year contract which was extended by a further three years last season.

Although he initiated a dedicated youth policy at the club – the first time that such a venture had been undertaken at the Showgrounds – he failed to deliver on the supporters' expectation of promotion from the eircom first division.

Indeed, the club didn't mount a serious promotion challenge during O'Riordan's term in charge, winning just a third of the league games they played under his stewardship.

In his first year at the Showgrounds, 2001/2002, Rovers played 32 league games, winning just eight, drawing nine and losing fifteen. In the League Cup, they won once and lost once while the FAI Cup brought two victories and one loss.

The complete statistics for the 2001/2002 season read: played 37, won 11, drew 9 and lost 17.

Hopes were high that the following year would prove more productive but, in a shortened season to make way for the introduction of summer soccer, Rovers once again fell short of the mark.

In the league, they won just eight of their twenty-two matches. They drew six and lost six. They won three of their five matches in the first division cup and drew two. In the FAI Cup, they won once and lost once.

The complete record for the 2002/2003 season read: played 29, won 12, drew 8, lost 9.

Summer soccer came to Ireland for the 2003 season but it brought little change of fortune for Rovers.

The club played 33 games in the league, winning 11, losing 9 and drawing 13. They registered a famous victory over Shelbourne in the FAI Cup but were knocked out in the following round by Galway United.

The complete statistics for 2003 were: played 40, won 15, drew 14, lost 11.

Up to O'Riordan's departure last week, Rovers played 13 games in the league, winning 6, losing 6 and drawing 1. In this season's League Cup, they won once, drew once and lost once.

During O'Riordan's spell in charge at the Showgrounds, Rovers played exactly 100 league games. They won 33 of them, drew 29 and lost 38.

In all, the team played a total of 122 matches under O'Riordan, winning 45, drawing 33 and losing 44.

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