Tuesday 20 March 2018

Baraclough admits he will listen to offers from other clubs after Notts County link

Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough
Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SLIGO ROVERS manager Ian Baraclough has admitted that he will have to look after No 1 with his next career move, but denied there is any substance to reports linking him with the vacant job at League One outfit Notts County.

Baraclough, a former County player, told a Nottingham newspaper that he would be interested in the position and, considering he is out of contract after Sunday's FAI Cup final, the Englishman is entitled to speak to prospective suitors.

Cork City are keen on making an approach, but last year's league winning manager indicated that he would be looking to get back across the water if he left Sligo.

"I haven't had any call whatsoever from anybody at Notts County and whatever has been reported is pure speculation," said Baraclough.

"I got a call last night from somebody at a newspaper and he asked whether I would be interested. With me being out of the contract in a week's time, do I turn around and say: 'No, I'm not interested?' If there was an interest from another club anywhere else, it would be silly not to at least look at it.

"It is untimely that something has come out where someone has linked my name with a previous club I played for. I'm deemed in their eyes as a manager who is doing okay with a team and they have to fill column inches or airtime, that's the territory."

Baraclough again stressed that he would be happy to continue in his current job and that there is enough common ground with the club to extend his stay in Sligo.

However, he retains ambitions of succeeding in his homeland and, as a family man, will have to seek what is best from a personal perspective. But he stressed that his desire can be mutually beneficial in terms of the development of the Connacht club.

"You have to look after yourself, of course you do, and I've a family as well," continued the 42-year-old. "But I know this club can go further and if we manage to do that, then it's enhancing my career as well. So I don't see this club putting a hold on where I want to go. There's areas where this club can improve and if I can improve with that, then that's fine, that's great."

A large number of Baraclough's players are also unsure about where they stand. Gavin Peers and Gary Rogers signed new contracts last week, while the club have an option to extend the deals of others, who include Ross Gaynor and Kieran Djilali. The manager will not prevent his squad from talking about their futures this week as he accepts they have to stick with their usual routine and, in the League of Ireland, insecurity about the following season is par for the course.

"I can't tell people not to talk to their agents, or not to go for a meal on Thursday night because it's a cup final," he said. "You prepare for what is right for you, it's as simple as that. You can't try and do something different now because it's one game and it may not go your way."

Baraclough's charges are in good nick ahead of the cup decider with veteran midfielder Joseph Ndo the only injury concern. He's been managing a calf problem since the semi-final win over Shamrock Rovers, but has come through training this week, although it remains likely that a late call will be made on his involvement.

Irish Independent

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