Ex-Iron boss Ian Baraclough celebrates historical title success with Sligo Rovers
Former Scunthorpe United manager Ian Baraclough is today celebrating guiding Irish side Sligo Rovers to their first Airtricity League title in 35 years.
The 41-year-old boss, sacked by the Iron in March 2011 after just six months in charge at Glanford Park, has achieved the feat in his first season at the Showgrounds.
Baraclough was appointed by Sligo in February, two days before the current campaign kicked off.
His side, who sealed top spot with a 3-2 victory over St Patricks Athletic in front of a 5,500 home crowd yesterday, have won 17 of their 28 matches this season, losing just once.
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"I came here two days before start of season and certainly didn't expect, come October, to be celebrating a first league title in 35 years," Baraclough told Irish television station RTE.
"It's testament to the amount of hard work and sacrifcies made by not only the players but the staff, committe members and supporters.
"Steadily the attendances have grown and I think they've been happy with what they've seen - not just results-wise but the football's been magnificent.
"It's unbelievable - the players have been top-drawer all season. There's not enough words to describe it at the moment.
"A big thankyou to everybody. Not just those involved directly with the playing side."
Baraclough took charge of the Iron following Nigel Adkins' move to Southampton in September 2010, months after being part of the coaching set-up which had helped keep the club in the Championship.
Previously, the former Notts County and QPR full-back had been a player for United, helping them win promotion from League Two in 2005 and clinch the League One title two years later.