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Monday 18 February 2019

McDonald departure leaves Sligo behind eight-ball

Stephen Finn

SLIGO ROVERS find themselves without a manager this morning after Rob McDonald parted company with the club last night - just four days before their opening fixture of the new campaign.

McDonald took over as Rovers boss on the last day of last term as replacement for Bohs-bound Sean Connor.

The Englishman has left the Bit O'Red by mutual consent after difficulties finalising his contract.

Sligo had agreed a two-year deal with the former Newcastle United, PSV Eindhoven and Sporting Lisbon striker but McDonald had become frustrated that the contract had not been signed.

Rovers meet Connacht rivals Galway United at Terryland Park on Friday in their opening fixture of the new season. McDonald had insisted yesterday that he was "200 per cent" committed to Rovers and was looking forward to the season ahead but news broke in the afternoon that he was leaving.

The Hull native came to Sligo after previously coaching Dutch clubs De Graafschap and Cambuur and South African outfit Alax Cape Town in South Africa.

McDonald's impressive C.V. and fresh approach to the game had many Sligo fans hopeful of another exciting season but cracks in the relationship began to emerge last week.

The Sligo board met last night to discuss their options and Pascal Vaudequin, the former Derry City, Bohemians, Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers full-back, emerged as one of the early runners for the post.

Vaudequin recently completed his UEFA Pro-Licence with Fulham boss Chris Coleman, Stockport County's Jim Gannon, and Shaun Connor of Bohs.

The Derry-based Frenchman previously managed Institute in the Irish League and was linked to Dutch club MVV Maastricht.

Meanwhile, Sligo are looking at switching the kick-off times for some home fixtures due to a delay in the installation of new floodlights at the Showgrounds.

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