Sligo Rovers have confirmed the departure of manager Rob McDonald just four days before the club open their eircom League of Ireland campaign.

A statement on the club's website has revealed that the former Newcastle United, PSV and Sporting Lisbon striker handed in his notice at a board meeting last night, turning down the chance to reconsider his decision.

The club's goalkeeping coach Leo Tierney and Under-21 coach Dessie Cawley will take temporary charge.

Sligo travel to Terryland Park on Friday to face Galway United in their season opener.