Sligo Rovers have announced overnight that manager John Coleman and assistant manager Jimmy Bell have left the club to rejoin Accrington Stanley.
Coleman took over the Bit O’ Red after the shock decision by the board to relieve Ian Baraclough of his duties after he had become Sligo Rovers’ most successful manager ever.
Coleman came in and split the fan’s opinions straight away when he moved out fan favourites Joey Ndo, Ross Gaynor and Aaron Greene and replaced them with Eamon Zayed and Daryl Kavanagh (the latter no longer plays with the club). His style of football was not what the fans were used to as he opted very much for the direct route to goal, which frustrated fans and at times the players as well.
Coleman’s departure couldn’t have came at a worse time in the season. With only six games remaining and no manager in place it leaves a lot of things up in the air, especially for the playing staff. This is the time of the year when the club should be making plans for next season and contacting players to come and play for the Bit O’ Red, but instead they are yet again concentrating on looking for a new manager. While this is happening the sharks are circling looking to pick off our best players during this time of uncertainty.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Coleman spoke of his sadness about leaving the club.
“I am disappointed to leave Sligo Rovers because it’s a smashing club. Sligo is a lovely part of the world with great people. Managing Sligo Rovers was a brilliant experience, in particular the European games. I will look back at those games and I will cherish them. It’s not too often you get the chance to compete in Europe and it was a great honour. Returning to my former club was just too hard to turn down. I have a lot of history with Accrington Stanley and have had a lot of good times and have a lot of good friendships there.”
Ex-player Gavin Dykes has being handed the reigns until the end of the season while the board and it’s new chairman begin the task of appointing a new full-time manager.
Aaron Cawley, Pundit Arena.