St Johnstone set to appoint Cook as boss

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Updated: October 24, 2011

SportsnewsIreland.com has tonight learned that Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook is set to be named the new manager of St Johnstone once the season has ended in Ireland.

The former Tranmere Rovers and Burnley midfielder has been in charge in the West of Ireland since 2007 and has enhanced his reputation by guiding Sligo to a domestic cup double last season.

This season despite a strong and sustained challenge for the title the bit’o’red look set to finish runner’s up to Shamrock Rovers however Cook has managed to guide Sligo to a third successive FAI Ford cup final where they will face Shelbourne on the 6th November.

The 44 year old, who has also played with Wolves and Coventry in a 23 year footballing career, began his career in management with Southport before making the move to Ireland.

Scottish side St Johnstone are currently fourth in the SPL table, 3 points behind third place Celtic and are on the lookout for a new manager after Derek McInnes left the club to take charge of Championship side Bristol City.

Jody Morris had been linked with the post however the former Chelsea star indicated a willingness to continue ruling himself out of the running.

That has paved the way for Cook to continue his management career and follow in the footsteps of Steve Cotterill and Lawrie Sanchez who both began their management careers with Sligo.

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