Saturday 24 February 2018

Carew ends three-year spell in Sligo

Niall Carew has stepped down as manager of Sligo. Photo: Sportsfile
Niall Carew has stepped down as manager of Sligo. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Sligo are searching for a new manager after Niall Carew stepped down from the position after three years in charge.

Carew had agreed to take the team for a fourth year last month but has made a sudden U-turn, citing work commitments as an issue.

Carew took Sligo to the 2015 Connacht final against Mayo after a shock semi-final win over Galway. But that provincial decider went badly for them with the concession of six goals.

He did, however, maintain a stable position as a Division Three side throughout his time in charge.

Elsewhere, the Club Players Association are asking their 25,000-strong membership whether they should mount a protest at the GAA's Special Congress later this month. The CPA have contacted all members asking whether a protest is feasible.

The Special Congress will discuss a raft of motions to reform the All-Ireland hurling championships and will also consider motions related to the playing of club games that are designed to give greater freedom for most of April and early May for those games to be played.

The CPA are seeking that the month of April be for clubs only, a closed season through December, and all club championships to be completed in the calendar year.

Those aims would not be dissimilar to what senior figures in the GAA would also aspire to in the long term but they differ in how they would go about it.

Meanwhile, details of a testimonial dinner for former Kery player Colm Cooper have been announced.

In what is being billed as the first venture of this sort for an inter-county footballer, the event will take place in the Intercontinental Hotel on Friday, October 27 and part of the proceeds will go to two charities - Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin and Kerry Cancer Support Group.

Irish Independent

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