Rovers get their man

Buck­ley meets Rovers fans dur­ing win over the Hoops

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT - By JES­SICA FARRY

SLIGO Rovers an­nounced the ap­point­ment of a new man­ager in Liam Buck­ley dur­ing the Bit O’Red’s 2-0 vic­tory over Sham­rock Rovers at The Show­grounds on Fri­day night.

In a state­ment, Sligo Rovers chair­man Martin Her­aghty said: “From the out­set Liam was our num­ber one choice for the role. His record is out­stand­ing in the League of Ire­land and the brand of foot­ball he brings with it is renowned. We’re de­lighted to reach agree­ment for him to join us.

“It’s our in­ten­tion that 2019 is a big year for Sligo Rovers. We know this ap­point­ment will ex­cite our sup­port­ers and the com­mit­tee en­cour­ages ev­ery­one at the club to get be­hind Liam.

“To at­tract a man­ager of Li- am’s abil­ity shows the po­ten­tial at our club and we re­ally feel he is the man to help us im­prove our league po­si­tion for 2019 and bring ex­cit­ing nights to The Show­grounds again.”

Liam’s coach­ing team will be con­firmed at a later date.

Buck­ley’s ap­point­ment was met with a very pos­i­tive re­ac­tion from Rovers fans, and the sea­son ended on a pos­i­tive note for ev­ery­one in­volved, with Rovers beat­ing fierce ri­vals Sham­rock Rovers 2-0 in the fi­nal game of the sea­son.

That vic­tory also helped Rovers over­take Derry City in the table, seal­ing a 7th place spot on the fi­nal day of the sea­son.

Rovers fans are ea­ger to see some of this sea­son’s key fig­ures such as Rhys McCabe and Lee Lynch signed up as soon as pos­si­ble for next sea­son, but it re­mains to be seen whether or not that will be the case.

There are cur­rently ten play­ers signed up for 2019; Mitchell Beeney, Luke McNi­cholas, Ed McGinty, Pa­trick McClean, Jack Keaney, John Ma­hon, Liam Ker­ri­gan, Kris Twardek, David Caw­ley and Niall Mo­ra­han.

There is also an op­tion on Mikey Dren­nan, who was a key fig­ure in Rovers’ im­proved per­for­mances in the sec­ond-half of the sea­son.

There has been much spec­u­la­tion over Buck­ley’s back­room staff, but that should be cleared up in the near fu­ture.

The ma­jor­ity of Rovers fans ap­pear happy with Ger­ard Lyttle’s suc­ces­sor, who is un­der no il­lu­sions as to the enor­mity of the job he has ahead of him.

Buck­ley will be mov­ing to Sligo for the job.

Liam Buck­ley is un­veiled as the new Sligo Rovers man­ager at half-time on Fri­day night. Pic: Carl Bren­nan.

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