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Coleman bags Sligo job as Kierans fills in for Drogheda

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Drogheda United have appointed  Darius Kierans as caretaker manager. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Drogheda United have appointed Darius Kierans as caretaker manager. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Drogheda United have appointed Darius Kierans as caretaker manager. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

WHILE Sligo Rovers are hoping their change of manager will bring about a change of fortune to their troubled season, Drogheda United are continuing to search for a long-term solution to their managerial vacancy.

Each club made significant moves over the weekend. Sligo appointed John Coleman, who arrives in The Showgrounds on the back of former Rovers boss Paul Cook's recommendation, while Drogheda named Darius Kierans in a caretaker capacity.

While Coleman – a 51-year-old who achieved some success with Accrington Stanley, as well as managing Rochdale and Southport – is regarded as the future, Kierans remains a stop-gap appointment.

However, should results pick up – and after 10 defeats in their last 11 league games they surely must – then this temporary role could become permanent.

But what appears likelier is that the club will speak to Pete Mahon and Pat Scully and see if they are interested in accepting a contract with Drogheda until the end of the season.

Mahon, the former St Pat's, Bohemians and UCD manager, would probably need a more attractive offer to persuade him to leave Leinster Senior League side Malahide United.

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Scully, too, would prefer an 18-month contract but, having been out of football since Limerick dispensed with his services in 2012, the chance to rebuild his career in the Premier Division would appeal.

Two former managers of the club – Mick Cooke and Paul Doolin – have also their backers on the club's board but, in Cooke's case, there is a divide, with some board members deeply opposed to his return, despite the Dubliner's fine record in charge of the club.

The Louth club's initial plan was to give the job to Liam Kelly, the Glebe North manager.

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However, the absence of a Pro Licence on Kelly's CV prevented this happening, although sources within the club have made it clear they will revisit this possibility in the future.

Coleman, meanwhile, has wasted no time getting down to business. Appointed on Saturday, he took training yesterday and awaits Sligo's Europa League draw today.

"The club has had some great success in recent years – with Paul first and then Ian Baraclough doing ever so well. The plan is to keep the club up there, challenging for trophies and for a place in Europe," he said.

"To me, this is an exciting challenge. I'm a passionate football man and the fans will like the way my teams play.

"I have to say, pitting my wits against teams from around Europe is a big attraction. We want to progress through a few rounds."


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