Sligo Rovers confirm departure of manager Liam Buckley

Liam Buckley departs Sligo Rovers.

Sligo Rovers have announced the departure of manager Liam Buckley after just over three-and-a-half years in charge.

The Bit O’Red are currently on a run of five matches without a win and sit sixth in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table.

Sligo Rovers statement.

‘Sligo Rovers announces that First Team Manager Liam Buckley has departed the club by mutual consent,’ said a statement issued on Sunday morning.

‘Liam was appointed at the end of 2018 ahead of the 2019 League of Ireland season in which the club finished in 7th place as well as reaching an FAI Cup Semi Final.

‘In 2020, European football was secured for the first time since 2014 by finishing in fourth position as well as reaching our second FAI Cup Semi Final in as many seasons.

‘In 2021, our highest league finish since 2013 was achieved by finishing third, once again ensuring European football for this coming summer.’

“Unreserved thanks.”

Club chairman Tommy Higgins added words of gratitude towards Buckley, saying the following:

“Liam came to the club in 2019 and directed us to securing two seasons of European football since, which is the aim for the club each season.

“Liam carried himself with great dignity throughout, with his experience and knowledge of the League of Ireland being a great asset and his style of football being pleasing on the eye for our supporters.

“We wish to send our unreserved thanks to Liam for his commitment during his time and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Sligo Rovers have also confirmed that assistant manager John Russell will take interim charge of the team, starting with a home match against Derry City on Monday night.

Buckley’s last game in charge was a 2-1 defeat to Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday night.

Liam Buckley’s career.

The 63-year-old’s management career has seen him pick up plenty of silverware, most notably the two Premier Division titles he won with St. Patrick’s Athletic across two spells.

He also won the 2014 FAI Cup with the Saints, as well as the 2009 edition of the competition with the now-defunct Sporting Fingal.

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