Sligo are hunting for a new football manager after Niall Carew has resigned from the role. Carew has overseen the Yeats County for three years, but will not return in 2018.
This summer brought with it a mixed bag, with two wins and two losses. While many were predicting an upset, Sligo travelled to Gaelic Park in New York for the opening game of the championship and accounted for their hosts. However, they then ran into Mayo in the Connacht quarter-final and were unable to stick with Stephen Rochford’s side.
They bounced back with a qualifier win over Antrim, and while they did ask questions of Meath, failed to turn the Royal County over.
Carew has released a statement, via The Sligo Champion, explaining his decision.
“It is with regret that I announce my resignation as manager of Sligo’s senior football team after three seasons. I have recently changed jobs and the demands would make it impossible for me to commit to Sligo in the manner I would deem necessary.
“I was looking forward to continuing the progress we had made but unfortunately the landscape changed in my professional life in the meantime.
“I thank all stakeholders for what they did to help move Sligo football forward in the last three years. With players from the U21s, minors, recent schools’ teams and development squads coming through, there is cause for optimism in the future. It may take a few years but I am confident Sligo will have senior success to celebrate in time.
“We had some good days, including reaching the Connacht Final. This year, we were competitive in all our games including against Mayo, who are now All-Ireland finalists. With a small bit of luck, that was a game we might have won… that’s how close I think Sligo are to making a real impact.”
The full statement can be read here.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, as we hear from Mícheal Donoghue and Derek McGrath and we reflect on the All-Ireland final.