Extended interview: Ian Baraclough contract extension

Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough has targeted more trophies with the Bit o’ Red after signing a one-year contract today. 
 
Baraclough extends his spell with the club to a third season having already captured the league title and FAI Cup in his initial 18-month tenure.
 
In the aftermath of the FAI Cup win earlier this month, the Rovers boss has been quizzed on many occasions about what further exploits are possible for the club, with major trophies won in each of the last four seasons. 
 
Baraclough spoke confidently about his belief that the club can fight for more honours.
 
“We could win the two together in one season,” he said. 
 
“That’s a way you can improve. We’re not changing our intentions. We have to put a squad together capable of challenging on all fronts. There is a burning desire to win more titles, trophies, make that breakthrough in Europe and improve the structures of the club. There are financial constraints, of course. Every club in the league will be facing up to that reality. But I believe we can overcome that. 
 
“It was always my intention to try and stay with the club if possible. There are still things we want to go and achieve. I've been working for the last nine or 10 weeks to try and get players to stay and also to bring in fresh faces as well. We can look forward to announcing some additions to the squad soon.
 
“There is a good chunk of the squad I want to keep together. You're not going to keep everybody happy and some people will want to go their own way and others will be let go but it is important you freshen things up and bring new blood into the club as well. We want to keep a good part of the squad that has been successful over the years. There are hard decisions, some that have already been made, but it’s my duty to do so.  We want one or two fresh faces to come in and bring good characters to the football club."
 
The Rovers boss confirmed his intention to secure assistant manager Gary Stevens for next season and paid tribute to his backroom team for last year. 
 
“Gary along with the rest of the staff has been massive for me. We couldn't achieve what we did without the backroom. It is only right that Gary, Gavin Dykes, Ciaran Kelly, Ray Finan and Maurice Monaghan, that they get a mention, because they do have their part to play. 
 
“Gary has been brilliant for me this year. He has got on really well with the players. He is a decent coach and he wants nothing but the best for this football club because he is a ultimate professional. We are pleased we can work together again next year.”
 
Baraclough joined two days prior to the start of the 2012 season and reflecting on the time today, he feels he has learned a great deal as a manager since moving to The Showgrounds.
 
“I’ve learnt so much since coming to Sligo Rovers. I’ve learned a lot about myself as a manager and how important it is to open up good lines of communications in a football club. You have to get your hands dirty if you like and immerse yourself in so many aspects of the club, much more so than in England. It has been a wonderful time with some great memories but that isn’t enough at this moment in time. I want to build a legacy here. We want to improve the structures in the football club, we want young players to coming through. There are massive decisions to be made in our attempts to put together the squad we want for next year, but we will do because there is a hunger to go out and re-claim the title."
 
2014 Sligo Rovers season tickets will be launched next week on www.sligorovers.com 

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