Bit O'Red dominate shortlist for top award
SLIGO ROVERS' league-winning season has been recognised by the fact that the Bit O'Red take up four of the six nominations for Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Personality of the Year award.
Manager Ian Baraclough is joined by his captain Danny Ventre and Shamrock Rovers-bound pair Jason McGuinness and Mark Quigley in the running for the prestigious award.
The shortlist also contains Derry City's FAI Ford Cup-winning coach Declan Devine and Mick Cooke, who guided unfancied Drogheda United to the EA Sports Cup and into Europe with a third-placed league finish.
Michael O'Neill is the current holder of the award and his successor will be announced on January 11, when the winner of the Goalkeeper of the Year title will also be confirmed.
Sligo's Gary Rogers faces stiff competition from Drogheda United's Gabriel Sava and the incumbent Ger Doherty of Derry for the gong.
Meanwhile, new manager Trevor Croly has re-signed Ken Oman to Shamrock Rovers on a one-year deal.
Elsewhere, former Republic of Ireland international Colin Healy will remain at Cork City in 2013 after penning a new contract with the club.
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