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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Baraclough keen to get Sligo future sorted

Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough
Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough

SLIGO ROVERS manager Ian Baraclough has outlined a sense of insecurity about his position as his contract comes close to its expiry date.

Having been in negotiations with the club's board since June, Baraclough – the man who brought Sligo to their first League of Ireland championship in 35 years last season – is growing increasingly anxious that his tenure may be about to end.

Out of contract – and thereby potentially out of work – at the end of this season, the former Scunthorpe United manager insists he still has a decent working relationship with the club's board, yet remains unsure whether a new deal will happen.

"I would prefer to get this sorted as soon as possible," he said. "I'm trying to negotiate with players for next season without knowing my own situation and potential signings are also wondering whether I will be in charge here if they sign."

Sligo Rovers v Derry City

(The Showgrounds, 5.0)

Odds: Sligo Rovers 4/7, Derry City 3/1, Draw 13/5

Referee: N Doyle (Dublin)

Team news: Sligo are missing four players, Kieran Djilali (suspended), David McMillan (cup-tied), Evan McMillan (knee) and Ross Gaynor (knee). Cup holders Derry also have concerns. Stewart Greacen (knee), Kevin Deery (knee), Dean Jarvis (knee) and Tomas Crawley (groin) are all out and doubts surround the fitness of Sean Houston (ankle), Patrick McEleney (foot), and Eoghan Osbourne (groin).

Talking point: Sligo played at a pedestrian pace last Saturday in Bohemians and know a similarly slow tempo will be exploited by Derry, whose inconsistency belies the fact they are capable of beating any team on their day. Significantly, though, they have yet to beat Sligo this season.

Verdict: Home win

Irish Independent

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