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Sligo goalkeeping coach resigns following altercation with supporters

Rodney Dalzell has stepped aside following the incident.

Sligo's goalkeeper coach Rodney Dalzell argues with supporters as Patrick McClean attempts to calm him.
Sligo's goalkeeper coach Rodney Dalzell argues with supporters as Patrick McClean attempts to calm him.
Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

SLIGO ROVERS’ GOALKEEPING coach Rodney Dalzell has resigned following an altercation with some of the club’s supporters after their 2-1 loss to Bray Wanderers yesterday.

The loss to bottom-of-the-table Bray came as a surprise, particularly given that the Seagulls have not trained collectively for a number of weeks owing to unpaid wages. The result led embattled boss Ger Lyttle to comment: “We should all be ashamed of ourselves, myself included.”

Sligo are now just two points clear of the relegation zone and the controversy surrounding Dalzell has compounded their woes.

A club statement read: “Sligo Rovers regret yesterday’s post-game exchange between a member of our backroom team and some supporters.

“The exchange occurred when passions ran high in the aftermath of the full-time whistle of a disappointing day. We believe our staff care deeply about the club but on this occasion it was not construed in a fitting manner.

“As a result, goalkeeping coach Rodney Dalzell offered his resignation this morning which the club accepted by mutual agreement. This is an admirable course of action taken by Rodney, and one we respect.

“The level of support we receive as a club is extraordinary and we place huge value on it.

“We are focused on improving results on the pitch and now continue preparations ahead of Friday’s game in Dublin.”

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