In the big scheme of things, Sligo Rovers Football Club are a big club when it comes to all things Airtricity Premier League. The club has a huge support and each season are expected to mount a challenge for the title.
He will need to hit the ground running with Sligo as the club needs to put the disaster of last season behind them.
Last season was no different and what unfolded was a campaign of disaster. At one point in the season, relegation seemed a real possibility. Having sacked manager Owen Heary early in the season the board brought in an interim coaching staff to try and turn results around, but red tape and the lack of coaching badges put a stop to that. What started as a season of hope turned into despair and anxious worry. Something needed to be done and done quickly, so the board turned to a very experienced manager in Micky Adams. A man who over the years has sat in the hot seat at Fulham, Swansea, Brighton, Sheffield United and Port Vale to name just a few and this experience was to prove vital for Sligo, in the fight for survival. Adams did a brilliant job and led the club to survival but has since moved on. The board in their wisdom have now turned to former Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson.
So who is Dave Robertson ?
Dave is a former marine and during his training for the army, part of his education was to coach football at Portsmouth, this myself I find unusual, but it seemed to give him the bug. He really enjoyed the set up at Portsmouth and was destined to take up a career in football after the army. When he finished in the army he took up a coaching role at Pererborough United and jobs were to follow in the USA and at Crystal Palace. His progression brought him back to Peterborough United and a job as head of the academy. When Darren Ferguson was sacked by Peterborough, the owner Darragh McAnthony appointed Dave to be his number one. His time in the hot seat did not set the world alight and Dave was shown the door after four months in charge. He will need to hit the ground running with Sligo as the club needs to put the disaster of last season behind them. One thing for certain is the new manager will install a work ethic into his squad. He may need to bring in a few new players and ship out a lot of he deadwood from Sligo Rovers as he starts his job. I am not sure if the fans of Sligo have time for a rebuilding job, so results will have to come pretty fast as the new season kicks off for the new manager. I wish him all the best.