Tuesday 16 October 2018

Sligo Rovers goalkeeping coach resigns following post-match altercation with fans

8 July 2018; Sligo Rovers goalkeeping coach Rodney Dalzell, centre, is held back by Sligo Rovers player Patrick McClean and a match steward after a confrontation with Sligo supporters after the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
8 July 2018; Sligo Rovers goalkeeping coach Rodney Dalzell, centre, is held back by Sligo Rovers player Patrick McClean and a match steward after a confrontation with Sligo supporters after the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Sligo Rovers' goalkeeping coach has left the club following a confrontation with supporters after Sunday's defeat to bottom side Bray Wanderers.

The travelling support among the official attendance of 271 at Sligo's 2-1 loss to Bray at the Carlisle Grounds vented their anger at players and staff following that loss, and a verbal spat ensued.

Less than 24 hours later, Sligo confirmed that goalkeeping coach had resigned.

"Sligo Rovers regret yesterday's post-game exchange between a member of our backroom team and some supporters," the club said in a statement.

"The exchange occurred when passions ran high in the aftermath of the full-time whistle of a disappointing day. We believe our staff care deeply about the club but on this occasion it was not construed in a fitting manner.

"As a result, goalkeeping coach Rodney Dalzell offered his resignation this morning which the club accepted by mutual agreement. This is an admirable course of action taken by Rodney, and one we respect.

"The level of support we receive as a club is extraordinary and we place huge value on it. "We are focused on improving results on the pitch and now continue preparations ahead of Friday's game in Dublin."

Sligo are just two points outside of the bottom two in the Premier Division.

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