Monday 22 January 2018

Cook to make final decision

PAUL COOK is expected to make a final decision today on whether he will leave Sligo to take over as manager of St Johnstone, WRITES DANIEL Mcdonnell.

The Bit O'Red have agreed compensation terms with the SPL side and confirmed they have allowed their manager to speak to the Perth-based outfit.

Talks continued yesterday, with Cook mulling over the offer on the table before deciding whether to make the move. It's understood that the respective parties are a little bit apart with respect to the terms and conditions, although the Sligo boss is attracted by the move.

The 44-year-old would switch to the Scottish club after Sunday week's Ford FAI Cup final with Shelbourne. Sligo will receive in the region of £30,000 for his services.

Saints' chairman Geoff Brown admitted that Cook was their choice from a shortlist that also included Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon.

He also stressed that the club were in no hurry after the departure of Derek McInnes -- a friend of Cook's -- to Bristol City.

"We want to get the right man. We have got permission from Sligo to speak to Paul Cook and we are in the process of talking to him," Brown said.

Yesterday Sligo sold 3,500 tickets for the FAI Cup final which will be referee by Richie Winter.

Irish Independent

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