Friday 20 September 2019

Adams waves goodbye to Sligo job after Bit O'Red avoid relegation

Sligo Rovers manager Micky Adams has confirmed that he is returning to England for family reasons
Sligo Rovers manager Micky Adams has confirmed that he is returning to England for family reasons
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Sligo Rovers are on the hunt for a new manager after Micky Adams confirmed that he is returning to England for family reasons.

The former Premier League boss came to the Showgrounds in August on a short-term deal with the brief of keeping them clear of relegation and he succeeded in that mission after taking 15 points from 11 matches. But his family stayed in England and Adams has decided to return there in search of work as opposed to talking with Rovers about sticking around.

"I have had to make a very difficult decision," said Adams, "It is never an easy decision to put yourself out of work but I have to put my family first."

A statement from Sligo thanked Adams and assistant Alan Rogers for their efforts and explained that their search for a new man will start immediately. They will have to move quickly given that it's a crucial time of year with players' contracts expiring and the better clubs getting a head start on recruitment.

"The professionalism and dedication Micky brought to the job lifted the club and guided the club away from a perilous position and for that we are very grateful," said a management committee statement ahead of a meeting last night.


Sligo join Derry on the look-out for a fresh face in the dugout with Paul Hegarty also deciding against taking up the top job at The Brandywell on a permanent basis after helping the Candystripes to avoid the trap-door. He cited personal reasons as a factor.

Bray and Galway have made moves to tie down important players with Scottish goalkeeper Peter Cherrie penning a two-year deal with the Seagulls. Galway supremo Thomas Dunne has agreed a new contract with promising teenager striker Padraic Cunningham whose campaign was ended prematurely by a knee issue.

Meanwhile, Bosnia will today name their squad for the Euro 2016 play-off with Ireland after coach Mehmed Bazdarevic delayed his announcement by a day.

Bazdarevic has mounted a defence of star man Edin Dzeko who has failed to score for eight games for Roma, most recently in Saturday's defeat to Inter where compatriot Miralem Pjanic was dismissed. "Dzeko has only returned from injury," he said. "I am sure if he had been left on until the end, Roma would have equalised."

The FAI says that Ireland have received 880 tickets for the away leg in Zenica on Friday, November 13, adding that 1,175 Irish fans have requested tickets which will mean some disappointment. All general admission tickets for the decider in Dublin on November 16 have been sold out, but some premium level seats remain available.

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