Tuesday 20 February 2018

Cliftonville boss Lyttle gets nod for Sligo job

The former Sligo Rovers manager Dave Robertson. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
The former Sligo Rovers manager Dave Robertson. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Gerard Lyttle has been appointed as the new manager of Sligo Rovers after resigning from his role as boss with Irish League side Cliftonville.

The 39-year-old was confirmed as the replacement for Dave Robertson ahead of tonight's clash with Derry City.

Lyttle is a former Northern Ireland U-21 international who had spells with Celtic, Peterborough and Northampton. He spent the bulk of his career in the North, lining out for Cliftonville, Ballymena, Newry and Lisburn.

He was appointed Cliftonville boss (a part-time role) in October 2015 after a brief caretaker stint. They are on course to finish fourth.

Sligo are second from bottom in the Premier Division, with eight points from nine games. Three of those points came under caretaker boss Declan McIntyre.

They sounded out ex-Irish internationals Steven Reid and Keith Andrews, and former boss Micky Adams was believed to be in the frame before ruling himself out.

Meanwhile, Athlone Town are without a manager again after the exit of Portuguese coach Ricardo Monsanto.

  • Sligo Rovers v Derry City, The Showgrounds, 7.45

League form: Sligo Rovers LWDLW, Derry City LLLWW

Match odds: Sligo Rovers 23/10, Derry City 11/8, Draw 5/2

Referee: Rob Rogers (Dublin)

Team news: John Russell is banned for Sligo, who are otherwise at full strength. Derry are missing Rory Patterson; Barry McNamee is a doubt.

Talking point: Sligo's search for a manager is over with Gerald Lyttle the latest to get the chance to revive the club's fortunes. Hard to believe that it is just five years since they won the league. Even harder to believe is the fact that more faith was not shown in Ian Baraclough, the man who guided them to that title. They've paid the price since then. Lyttle's job won't be an easy one.

Verdict: Home win

Irish Independent

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