Sligo Announce Heary As New Manager


Sligo Rovers are delighted to announce the appointment of Owen Heary as the club’s new manager.

Heary, 38, joins the club from after being in charge of Bohemians for the past year and a half.

He has signed a two year contract to come to the Showgrounds.

The club have thanked Gavin Dykes and Ciaran Kelly for their hard work, dedication and professionalism while taking interim charge of the team over recent weeks.

Chairman Joe Burns said on the appointment: “On behalf of Sligo Rovers I am delighted to welcome Owen to the Showgrounds and to be part of the Bit o’Red.

“Over the years we have all seen Owen play against us with a passion and determination which made him one of the outstanding full-backs in the league. In speaking to Owen over the last couple of weeks I have no doubt that he will bring these same qualities to our club in his role as manager.

“I very much look forward to working with him to bring Rovers back to where we want to be which is challenging for trophies and European qualification.

“I also want to thank Bohemian FC and their president Mr Matt Devaney for their understanding in Owen’s decision to join us.”

Owen Heary also spoke about taking the job saying: “I am very pleased to become manager of Sligo Rovers. I am looking forward to taking on the job. It’s going to be a tough job but it’s a challenge and that’s what I want.

“I will be looking to hit the ground running. I want to see the club improve on this year’s finish and get back up near the top of the table because that is where I want to be.

“My ambition for the club is to win trophies, qualify for European competition and challenge for league titles.

“As a person my ambition is to be challenging for the league year in, year out and Sligo Rovers gives me the opportunity to do that. They won the league a couple of years ago but I want to be doing that on a regular basis.”

Heary was appointed caretaker Bohemians manager in July 2013 when they were bottom of the table and guided them to safety with a 10th place finish. This season they finished 7th in the SSE Airtricity League. He had previously been their under-19 and assistant manager.

He enjoyed a glorious 20 year playing career in the League of Ireland winning the league seven times, the joint-most ever, as well the FAI Cup twice, the League Cup and the Setanta Sports Cup. He was also named PFAI Player of the Year in 2002 and the SWAI Personality of the Year in 2008.

His career began with Kilkenny City in 1993 before moving on to Home Farm. He joined Shelbourne in 1998 winning the double in just his second season and several more honours during his nine years at Tolka Park. He then signed for Bohemians with his success there also including a double in his second year. He finished his playing career at the end of the 2013 season.

Owen Heary will be unveiled at a press conference to take place later this week.

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