Sunday 19 November 2017

Reid declines approach from Sligo to discuss manager's post

1 March 2006; Steven Reid, Republic of Ireland. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v Sweden, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
1 March 2006; Steven Reid, Republic of Ireland. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v Sweden, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Former Ireland international Steven Reid has turned down the opportunity to speak to Sligo Rovers about their vacant manager's post.

Reid is currently an important part of Jaap Stam's backroom staff at Reading, working as the first-team coach with the Championship promotion contenders.

And it's understood that he has declined an approach from Sligo to discuss their job, with the 36-year-old believed to be happy with his role at a club that looks set to contest the play-offs and push for promotion to the Premier League.

Sligo's ambitious attempt to make a move for Reid would suggest that they are looking outside the box in their search for a replacement for Englishman Dave Robertson who parted company with the club earlier this month.

Caretaker boss Declan McIntyre has been in control for the three games they have played since then. Ex-Rovers bosses Ian Baraclough and Micky Adams had been linked with a return to The Showgrounds but the latter has distanced himself from the position.

Meanwhile, Colin Healy has officially announced his retirement from football. The 37-year-old made his final appearance for Cork City in last November's FAI Cup final.

Healy won 13 caps for Ireland in a career that was halted by injury problems. He was famously placed on standby for Roy Keane during the Saipan row ahead of the 2002 World Cup, but the deadline had passed when his fellow Corkman's exit was confirmed.

The midfielder started his career at Celtic and went on play for both Mick McCarthy and Keane at Sunderland and Ipswich respectively. His move to Ipswich was preceded by a first stint in the League of Ireland which was ended by Cork's financial woes.

But he rejoined the Leesiders in 2012 and was a big influence in their rise under John Caulfield, although his playing time was limited last term. Current players led the tributes to Healy with midfielder Garry Buckley hailing 'the best player I played with by a country mile - the hardest man on the pitch and nicest man off it.'

Caulfield said: "Players like that make a manager's job easy. When the time is right for him, we would hope that he will return to the club in another capacity."

The row between Caulfield and Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny over the awarding of penalty kicks has rumbled on.

Caulfield said that he expected the authorities to act after Kenny argued that Cork had received favourable treatment over the past 12 months. The Dundalk supremo was not happy with that response.

"As a fellow manager you should never launch personal attacks like that and that's disappointing," said Kenny, who remains annoyed by the fact Bray were awarded two penalties in a contentious loss last Friday.

"I don't think I've felt as low," he continued. "It's not something I want to be a part of, a league with that sort of stuff going on."

Irish Independent

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