Sligo Rovers goalkeeping coach Rodney Dalzell resigns after verbal clash with fans

Mon, Jul 09 2018

Credit: John Doyle

Sligo Rovers have accepted the resignation of goalkeeping coach Rodney Dalzell following a heated off-pitch altercation with fans.

Dalzell clashed verbally with a small number of travelling supporters after the club’s 2-1 defeat to Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds on Sunday afternoon.

Dalzell was previously described as ‘one of the best’ goalkeeping coaches around by Gerard Lyttle after following the manager from Cliftonville to the Bit o’ Red last year.

A club statement read: “Sligo Rovers regret yesterday's post-game exchange between a member of our backroom team and some supporters.

“The exchange occurred when passions ran high in the aftermath of the full-time whistle of a disappointing day.

“We believe our staff care deeply about the club but on this occasion it was not construed in a fitting manner.

“As a result, goalkeeping coach Rodney Dalzell offered his resignation this morning which the club accepted by mutual agreement.

“This is an admirable course of action taken by Rodney, and one we respect. The level of support we receive as a club is extraordinary and we place huge value on it.

“We are focused on improving results on the pitch and now continue preparations ahead of Friday's game in Dublin.”