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Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough says he would consider job offers

Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough says he would consider job offers

Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

The Bit O' Red boss was recently linked with the vacant Notts County post and has conceded that he would have to consider any job offers

Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough says that he would be "silly" not to consider potential job offers away from the Showgrounds.

The 42-year-old recently suggested that he would be interested in making a return to former club Notts County as a manager, noting that it "would definitely be a progression" from his current post.

"When a job like the one at Notts County becomes available you would have to be interested," Baraclough told the Nottingham Post.

"I have had two great years over here in Ireland and I think that together with my experience as a coach in the last six years stands me in good stead to progress and Notts County would definitely be a progression."

However, although admitting that he would be interested, the Bit O' Red boss denied that he had been in contact with the League One side and said that it was "pure speculation."

"I haven't had any call whatsoever from anybody at Notts County and whatever has been reported is pure speculation," he told the Irish Independent.

"I got a call last night from somebody at a newspaper and he asked whether I would be interested. With me being out of the contract in a week's time, do I turn around and say: 'No, I'm not interested?'

"If there was an interest from another club anywhere else, it would be silly not to at least look at it."

The former Scunthorpe United boss did, however, concede that the timing of the reports were "untimely", with his team set to contest an FAI Cup final against Drogheda United on Sunday November 3.

"It is untimely that something has come out where someone has linked my name with a previous club I played for," he said.

"I'm deemed in their eyes as a manager who is doing okay with a team and they have to fill column inches or airtime, that's the territory."

Ian Baraclough was appointed as manager of Sligo Rovers in February 2012 and steered the club to their first league title in 35 years in his first season in charge.