Sligo Rovers' Alan Keane, manager Ian Baraclough, Raffaele Cretaro, Danny Ventre and Danny North celebrate with the cup after winning the FAI Cup. INPHO/Cathal Noonan
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Sligo manager Ian Baraclough signs extension until end of 2014

Rovers have secured the Englishman’s services for another season.

SLIGO ROVERS HAVE made their most significant signing of the off-season by securing the coaching services of Ian Baraclough for another season.

The Englishman has guided the Bit O’Red to the Airtricity title in 2012 and the FAI Ford Cup earlier this month. Baraclough and a number of key Rovers players were out of contract at the end of last season but the club has moved fast to offer him a new, one-year deal. The new agreement will run until the end of the 2014 season.

Baraclough told the Sligo Rovers website: “It is fantastic to sign a new deal. From the outset I stated my intention was to stay with the club and build on what we have already achieved so far.

There is a burning desire to win more trophies, more titles, make that breakthrough in Europe and improve the structures of the club. We already have some great memories but I want to build a legacy here.

“The preparations for next season started several weeks ago and we’re making good progress. Winning the FAI Cup capped last season in style but we will strive to bring more honours to the club.”

Chairman Tony Quinn believes Rovers’ 42-year-old manager has ‘excelled in the challenges’ he was set upon joining the club. “The victory in the Aviva Stadium is fresh in our memory but as a management committee we are working tirelessly to ensure 2014 will be another memorable season,” Quinn declared.

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