Coleman appointed new manager
Sligo Rovers are pleased to confirm John Coleman as the club’s new manager.
The 51-year-old joins with assistant Jimmy Bell to form the new Rovers managerial team and will be presented to the media and supporters at a question and answer evening at the Clarion Hotel in Sligo on Sunday at 6pm. All are welcome to attend.
Coleman is a former manager of Accrington Stanley, Rochdale and Southport in England.
He led Accrington to the Football League in a near 13-year spell in charge of the club, which at the time was the third longest in England.
Coleman was one of the most prolific non-league goalscorers during his playing career, netting over 500 goals over almost two decades.
Bell has previously worked with Coleman at all three clubs and has also been part of the backroom team at Port Vale.
They join Rovers on a rolling contract.
Coleman said: “Sligo Rovers have had unbridled success over several seasons and I see an opportunity to try to keep the club at that high level.
“The first target is to try to get up the table and challenge for the European places because that is paramount.
“We have to get impetus. Sometimes a season can hit a flat spot and I firmly believe that with hard work we can grow during this campaign and also achieve things as well. We have good players here and I want to get the best out of them.
“It’s a well-run club and it’s run by the town. The people care about the club and you want them to feel it and get behind you. That has attracted me to Sligo Rovers.
“I feel I will bring passion, good coaching, organisation and a style and ethos to play on the front foot that I hope the fans will enjoy.
“I’ve worked with Jimmy for many years, we’ve known each other for a long time and I believe we make a great partnership.
“We begin work immediately in preparation for Drogheda and the European matches as well. We don’t just want to play in a round of Europe. We want progress and an extended period of time in European football for the town to savour with big games in The Showgrounds.”
Sligo Rovers Dermot Kelly added: “John brings a wealth of experience and a philosophy that we believe will flourish with us.
“He possesses the characteristics that can make him a success in The Showgrounds and can excite our supporters. We hope they come to welcome John on Sunday in the Clarion as we look forward to some big challenges ahead.”