Former Claret Paul Cook will not be the new manager of Accrington Stanley according to his current club Sligo Rovers.

The Aitricity League club reluctantly gave Cook permission to speak to Stanley as they search for a new manager to replace John Coleman who recently moved to Rochdale.

Cook, it appeared, was very interested in the job and asked his club to grant permission to allow him to speak to the League Two club. They did but Cook, Sligo report, will not be moving back to East Lancashire.

This evening they reported.

Sligo Rovers wish to announce that Paul Cook is expected to return to Sligo this weekend after talks between Paul and Accrington Stanley concluded unsuccesfully.

We would like to thank Accrington’s Peter Marsden for his professionalism and courtesy in the negotiations with Sligo Rovers and we wish them the very best for the future.

We would also like to thank our supporters for their patience this week regarding this issue and look forward to a return to focus on our pre-season preparations.