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Every Lyttle helps: Sligo Rovers confirm appointment of new manager

The Premier Division strugglers parted company with Dave Robertson earlier this month.

Gerard Lyttle Gerard Lyttle takes over as manager of Sligo Rovers after leaving Cliftonville. Source: Photosport/Presseye/Kevin Scott/INPHO

THERE’S A NEW permanent manager at the helm for Sligo Rovers.

The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division club have confirmed the appointment of Gerard Lyttle as the successor to Dave Robertson.

He signed a contract today which leaves him in charge until the end of the 2018 season.

After winning just one of their first seven games this season, Sligo parted company with Robertson earlier this month. Assistant manager Declan McIntyre took charge of first-team affairs on a temporary basis and oversaw a win against Bohemians and a loss to Shamrock Rovers, which kept them second from bottom in the table.

The confirmation of Lyttle’s appointment comes ahead of tomorrow night’s visit of Derry City to the Showgrounds. He won’t be in charge for the game however. Instead, his first match at the helm will be next Friday as his new side travel to Drogheda United.

The 39-year-old’s resignation as manager of Cliftonville was confirmed by the Danske Bank Premiership club earlier today.

“Gerard joins us with a good track record from his time with Cliftonville,” Rovers chairman Martin Heraghty said of the appointment. “He is ambitious and eager to bring success to Sligo Rovers. Gerard shares the vision we have for the club.”

Lyttle spent 18 months in charge at Solitude and guided the club to League Cup success last year. But the Reds have struggled this season, sitting in fourth place having won just one of their last nine league games.

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